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Scoliosis Surgery

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If your child has scoliosis – lateral curvature of the spine – you know how scary and frustrating it can be trying to find scoliosis cures and treatments that will help. Obviously you don’t want the curvature to progress to the point that internal organs are affected, or even to the point that your child’s posture is noticeably skewed. Scoliosis surgery is often prescribed, but is it right for your child? Learn more.

Scoliosis Information

Surgical intervention for scoliosis is often suggested in certain situations:

  • Curves in particular areas of the spine
  • Curvature of over 40 – 50 degrees
  • Adult scoliosis accompanied by pain

Traditional medical approaches to scoliosis treatment are flawed because although doctors understand the mechanics of how the spine curves in scoliosis, little is known about why it curves. Although what causes scoliosis is typically unknown, it generally shows up between the ages of five and fifteen and affects many more girls than boys. Not all cases of scoliosis progress, but there is no way to predict which cases will continue to advance and which ones will remain minor.

Scoliosis Surgery

If surgery has been suggested for your child, it’s important to understand the risks. Scoliosis surgery lasts approximately six hours (it’s one of the most complex orthopedic surgeries performed on children), and the child remains hospitalized for about six days. Normal activities are not fully resumed until one year after surgery.

In scoliosis surgery, incisions are made in the back, and two steel rods are inserted on either side of the spine. Hooks or screws are used to attach the rods to the spine, forcing the spine into a straight position. Portions of the spine then fuse together, locking the correction in place. Even after the spinal fusion has healed, the rods are left in the body to prevent having to have a second surgery to remove them.

Scoliosis Surgery Risks…

Scoliosis surgery in young children can affect their future growth and can result in breathing problems or other issues. Although the areas of the spine that fuse together no longer grow, for older children and teens, this may not affect their final height significantly since most of their future growth will occur in the legs and un-fused portions of the spine.

Other significant risks of surgical scoliosis treatment include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Disc degeneration

And Recovery

Besides these dangers, the recovery from scoliosis surgery is daunting. The child must be taught how to perform deep breathing and coughing exercises, how to move while in bed and how to get in or out of bed. He or she must learn to manage pain and deal with drainage tubes. Rides in vehicles should be limited for six weeks, and the child will be home from school for one to two months. For three months after surgery, the child should not bend, lift, twist, play sports or attend gym class. For the next three months, some activities may be resumed, but gym class, contact sports, horseback riding, lifting and riding carnival rides are still off-limits. After six months, if the doctor approves it, everything except contact sports may be resumed.

Although there are generally no further activity restrictions, depending upon how much of the spine is fused, the spine may not be flexible enough to perform certain activities such as gymnastics or yoga.

If that seems like a lot to put your child through, why not consider an alternative approach that’s totally non-invasive, has no downtime and won’t affect your child’s growth pattern? Such a thing truly does exist!

A Natural Approach

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Chiropractic has had excellent results with scoliosis – and there is absolutely no risk to your child because chiropractic is totally safe and 100% natural, with no drugs or scalpels! Millions of people around the globe trust chiropractic more than any other alternative health care approach, simply because it works!

See one of these chiropractors in Colorado Springs.

Call a chiropractor today to find out if chiropractic can help your child avoid painful scoliosis surgery. Like all chiropractors, our sponsors are highly educated, compassionate health care professionals who are licensed by their state and included in most insurance plans. And there’s probably a doctor located near your home or your child’s school.

What to Expect

Chiropractic is not mysterious: by carefully identifying areas of misalignment in the spine that are creating the curve, then applying safe and gentle adjustments to these areas, the body can begin to heal itself naturally. Relevant muscles are strengthened, helping to correct the posture. As the body begins to revert to its normal alignment, the spine’s structure and function can also return to normal.

Your chiropractor will talk with you and your child at length to get a thorough understanding of the situation before determining if chiropractic is a good choice for your child. If so, a complete examination will be done, the results of which will be explained to you along with the doctor’s recommended course of action. Then those safe, gentle adjustments will be made, beginning the process of correcting the curve.

Obviously, guarantees cannot be made with regard to any particular outcome, but chiropractic has helped many scoliosis patients – why not see if it can help your child? Call a chiropractor today!

Scoliosis FAQ
What causes scoliosis? Approximately 80% of scoliosis cases are referred to as “Idiopathic Scoliosis, ” which simply means that the cause is unknown. Much more rarely, birth defects or other genetic factors may play a part. In adult scoliosis, the cause may be related to osteoarthritis or other degenerative conditions.
Who gets scoliosis? About 1 in every 200 people in the general population may have scoliosis. Girls are 2 – 4 times more likely than boys to develop scoliosis, and up to 8 times more likely to have a significant, progressive curve. If someone else in your family has scoliosis, you’re 5 times more likely to have it as well.
Is scoliosis painful? Typically, no. But if the curve progresses, it can affect internal organs and create breathing problems or other health issues. In adults, scoliosis tends to be more painful.
Are scoliosis braces effective? Braces are not designed to correct the spinal curvature; they are often used to help slow the progression of curvature in an effort to avoid surgery. They typically are worn for 23 hours a day.

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