Dr. Aatif Siddiqui
Dr. Sid is a former Board member of the CLEAR® Scoliosis Institute. Dr. Sid has been formally trained in the SpineCor® dynamic brace and has since developed a scoliosis specialty clinic in New York City treating both domestic and International patients. Dr. Sid has played an integral part in helping doctors understand the failures of scoliosis brace treatment and creating better treatment protocols to prevent the progression of idiopathic scoliosis.
Finding out that your child has scoliosis is obviously upsetting. It is hard enough to accept a scoliosis diagnosis let alone understand the condition well enough to make decisions about care and next steps. Below a few scoliosis 'facts' that will make your blood boil, because they are simply not true.
To hear your child needs scoliosis surgery is dreadful! How did it get to this point? Here are a few of the things you want to look out for so you do not get to this point:
Is there a family history of scoliosis? If you are the mother and you have scoliosis, chances are your daughter and even your son is at risk. Just because your case was a mild case is not a proxy for your offspring's potential risk. Rather, it is more likely that their case will be worse than yours.
SCOLIOSISMYTH #1: The watch and wait approach is a good approach. False! Perhaps, this observational approach made sense back in the day when there was limited scoliosis treatment options available namely, scoliosis bracing then scoliosis surgery. But, today, experts have a better understanding of idiopathic scoliosis. Better understanding leads to better treatments. To wait around and do nothing while the curve is progressing is probably the worst advice anyone could heed. You want to own your scoliosis and be active as soon as possible so it does not get out of hand because more likely than not the curve will progress.
Most progressive scoliosis curves end up in a scoliosis brace and then wind up in scoliosis surgery. That sentiment has been the consensus for centuries. But, it does not have to be that way anymore. Genetic profiling and tests like ScoliScore are in the market place today to help screen and diagnose the likelihood that a small curve ends up a large curve. Empowered by that information, you now have at your disposal non-invasive, exercise treatments for scoliosis to proactively manage and treat your scoliosis in a timely, opportunistic way --before the curve is over 25 degrees.
Severe scoliosis is a very difficult problem to deal with since there are limited scoliosis treatment options. You can either just live with it or try and exercise based program like Scoliosis Boot Camp or opt to have surgery for scoliosis. You decide to do option C, surgery. However, just because you have scoliosis surgery does not mean that you are out of the woods. Later, you find out that your choice resulted in cancer. How?
Many would argue yes! Reasons cited by many in support to abolish scoliosis brace treatment include a) the flawed premise behind bracing, b) studies concluding no differences in scoliosis surgery outcome between those that wore braces and those that did not wear braces, c) inconsistent brace usage, by children, and d) the existence of better alternatives today. But, first, let's consider the history of scoliosis brace treatment.
Historically, scoliosis treatment has followed a similar trajectory - wait and see, scoliosis braces, then surgery. Nowadays, however, more and more people are becoming educated on the latest non-invasive and effective means of approaching scoliosis treatment, specifically "Scoliosis Bootcamp". Below a discussion on the way we used to approach scoliosis treatment and the latest highly regarded non-invasive, better than bracing and safer than surgery scoliosis treatment, Scoliosis Bootcamp.
5 steps to the "basics of scoliosis treatment"
In this article we are going to talk about 5 things that are very important in Early Stage Scoliosis intervention (ESSI).
Fortunately today we have better ways to check for scoliosis and monitor its progression. Screenings and diagnostics test such as Adam's test are still being performed today. Pediatricians also appear diligent about screening children for scoliosis during their well visits and sending children out for digital x-rays as needed. People benefit from this heightened sense of awareness of Scoliosis and improved diagnostic tools and methods to treat Scoliosis.
The current status of scoliosis treatment is looking up! There are many new treatments that are at our finger tips that were not around even 50 years ago. We are going to touch upon that in later parts of this article. This is going to be a multiple part article series outlining past and current methods for treating scoliosis.