Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is the most common of three different types of scoliosis, causing the spine to develop an abnormal side-to-side curvature. Usually seen as an elongated “S” or “C” shape, it is usually developed in late childhood and affects approximately 3-4 in every 1000 adolescents and is far more common in girls than boys.
 

In moderate cases of scoliosis, the main issues for the patient are pain and discomfort, but self-image or physical appearance can also be a major psychological factor. The more severe cases of scoliosis can also cause increasing levels of fatigue due to impaired lung and heart function.

Traditionally, there have been three types of treatment; observation, bracing and surgery.

Studies of bracing in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis have suggested that it can decrease the risk of curve progression, with the benefits increasing with more frequent use of the brace wear. However, the results were inconsistent.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is the most common of three different types of scoliosis, causing the spine to develop an abnormal side-to-side curvature. Usually seen as an elongated “S” or “C” shape, it is usually developed in late childhood and affects approximately 3-4 in every 1000 adolescents and is far more common in girls than boys.
 

In moderate cases of scoliosis, the main issues for the patient are pain and discomfort, but self-image or physical appearance can also be a major psychological factor. The more severe cases of scoliosis can also cause increasing levels of fatigue due to impaired lung and heart function.

Traditionally, there have been three types of treatment; observation, bracing and surgery.

Studies of bracing in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis have suggested that it can decrease the risk of curve progression, with the benefits increasing with more frequent use of the brace wear. However, the results were inconsistent.

While there may be a good case for surgery in some cases of scoliosis, there are a range of factors to consider before making a decision.

  1. Surgery is permanent. Have all other avenues been explored?
  2. If your teen does not have surgery, there will generally be no effect on lung function unless their curve is above 80 degrees.
  3. How much their physical appearance improves depends on the type and size of their curve and the surgical technique used. This is, after pain, the most important issue for most teenagers. Surgery may be the answer for some, but it is certainly not the best decision for everyone.
  4. If your teen was having pain before surgery, it is hard to say whether surgery will reduce or eliminate it.
  5. A long-term study looked at whether lower back pain caused problems in doing everyday activities. There was no difference between patients who didn’t have surgery and people who did not have scoliosis. **
  6. Quality of life? Another study found that, two years after surgery, patients who had undergone an operation had only a small increase in their quality of life when compared to patients who didn’t have surgery.
  7. Curve changes. A study followed scoliosis patients who did not have surgery. After 50 years of follow-ups, some curve types had only a small increase in curve size.

Now THERAFLEX TREATMENT can offer an alternative.

Over the 25 years that I have been offering THERAFLEX treatment, I have treated several patients suffering from scoliosis.

In my experience, the main reason for patients attending the clinic is for pain relief, but also with the hope of a reduction in the degree of curvature and improved physical appearance. In fact, in just a few sessions, my patients regularly see a measurable, visible difference.
 
All patients experience a significant reduction in pain, and in some cases, total relief for long periods. Most of these patients have also seen a noticeable improvement in their curvature.
 
This has been accomplished without surgery, without forceful manipulation, and without bracing. The treatment can be uncomfortable at times, especially in the first 2-3 treatments, but the alternative remedies would have been much more so.

Managing Scoliosis

A Teenagers Story

Joshua Brown*, 16, was diagnosed with very pronounced scoliosis when he was in year 7. He visited the Scoliosis SOS Clinic in London for information, and even travelled to America to attend a support group over there, but failed to experience much success with a treatment plan. Joshua’s mother had heard about someone who was treated with the Theraflex machine, and when combed with rolfing, a type of soft tissue manipulation and movement therapy, they had seen visible improvements. Joshua’s father explained, “We had read a lot on the internet about the Theraflex, and then when another person suggested that we go to see Nic, there were two signposts leading us to the same place. We decided to alternate rolfing sessions with the use of the Theraflex.” 

Joshua’s parents were determined not to go down the surgical route, so they carried out extensive research on the numerous treatments available for their son’s condition. After treating Joshua for a number of months, we found the Theraflex and the use of cranial-sacral therapy to be the most effective. Joshua’s father added, “Nic hasn’t managed to get rid of the scoliosis, but he has taken away a lot of Joshua’s pain. Initially, we came to see Nic quite frequently, but we now see him once every 8 weeks. At first, Joshua lacked confidence and was very withdrawn, but he has learnt to accept his condition a lot more. He does his exercises and also eats extremely healthily.”

As a parent, it is extremely upsetting to see your child suffering and you want to do everything in your power to help relieve their pain. In finding a treatment plan that works for Joshua, we have been able to manage his symptoms to enable him to live life as a normal teenager.   

* The name of the patient has been changed as he is a minor but is verifiable. 
** https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2022&language=English

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1307337

If you know anybody suffering from adolescent scoliosis, or scoliosis at any age, refer them to The BackCare Clinic for a Free Consultation quoting ref: SCOL2019 and they will also receive 50% off their first treatment.

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