Scoliosis The Medical Model

Scoliosis_Spinal_Operation_indexScoliosis…the word may sound familiar yet do you really know what it is? It is actually very common and you may have seen it or have it without knowing. Scoliosis, actually, is a medical condition which is characterized by the bending (from side to side) of the spine, which can develop as a primary curve (shaped like the letter C) or as a two curves which resembles the letter “S”. Scoliosis can be categorized either by the shape, the location or the direction of the curvature of the spine.  For instance, the Scoliosis Symptoms may manifest in the upper back or thoracic area, the lower back or lumbar; however, it is most commonly found to develop in between the upper and lower back in an area called the thoracolumbar.

Types of Scoliosis Causes

Depending on the type of scoliosis which presents itself in an individual, the medical practitioner may be able to attribute a causative factor to its development. There are two main types of scoliosis:

  1. Congenital Scoliosis is attributed to an inborn defect which causes the vertebra to develop abnormally.
  2. Idiopathic Scoliosis accounts for 80% of the cases where the cause of the scoliosis is not readily known or just not known. Idiopathic means no known solution.

Conventional Scoliosis Treatment

Over the years there have been numerous attempts at treating scoliosis, with the aim of limiting or correcting the curvature, through the use of massages, mud packs, body castings, bindings, armour corsets and many other different variations of body braces, all without the level of effectiveness that was sought. With the dawn of a new era in medicine, it was believed that surgery would be a viable means of correcting the deformity once and for all. As such, patients were subjected to an invasive procedure where their backs were cut open, portions of the spine chipped away, the spinal curve straightened with steel rods implanted into the areas of the spine that were chipped away with the bone layering the rods. After surgery the patient then had to endure being in a full body cast for at least a year until all is healed. The back then appears to be straight and so the condition is called “cured”.

Is Conventional Treatment Truly Effective?

After surviving such an invasive procedure and a whole year where your movements are severely restricted, you would expect that all your worries have dissipated? Unfortunately, this may not be the case at all. While there are those that learn to function fairly well after the procedure, there are those who will still have to contend with the fact that there is a wad of metal in their body which will impact how they respond to climate changes, and the possibility of the rod breaking or ripping out of its mooring. Not quite the cure that was expected, right?  So your questions then is, are there any other options available for treatment? The answer fortunately is…YES!!!

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