The conventional medical approach to scoliosis treatment for adults has been consistently absent or marginalized. Since the conventional model of scoliosis treatment involves:
- wait and see
Most adults do not fit within this neat and clean treatment box. Therefore, adults with scoliosis find themselves with few options, such as pain medications, pain injections, or radical pain management procedures like rhizotomies (sever nerve roots). However, none of these options actually correct the cause of chronic back and hip pain. Adults with scoliosis have chronic pain because, well, they have scoliosis! Effective treatment for scoliosis-related pain should obviously be designed to stabilize or reduce the scoliosis, even in the adult patient.
Most medical physicians will tell you that scoliosis cannot be corrected in adult patients, but that’s just simply not true. In a September 2011 study published by Dr. Morningstar, titled, “Outcomes for adult scoliosis patients receiving chiropractic rehabilitation: a 24-month retrospective analysis,” patients in the study demonstrated improvements in their scoliosis, pain, and/or daily function. These results were maintained even two years after the therapy was completed. It is important to state that these improvements were not achieved by treating the pain directly, but by directly treating the underlying scoliosis and improving it. No other study to date has shown this level of result, with this many patients, over as long of a period of time. Recent studies also suggest that the incidence of scoliosis in peri-menopausal and postmenopausal patients may be as high as 30%. This is compared to an incidence of only 3-5% in adolescent populations. It has been theorized that the reason for this surge in occurrence in adult females may be due to the hormone changes associated with menopause and their effects on bone mineral density and muscle strength. Therefore, it is imperative that adult patients with scoliosis be comprehensively evaluated so that they can be treated as completely as possible.
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