When the diagnose is scoliosis…
What happens now? Is there a cure?
Sadly, there is no hard and fast cure for Scoliosis. Your doctor will recommend either one of 3 treatment paths for you based on the severity of the Scoliosis and the individual’s physical maturity. We’re here to dissect them further, as information channels can be overwhelming, fragmented and not necessarily aligned with your best interests.
Wait & See
If the doctor in charge takes this approach, it means that the curvature (less than 20 degrees) is not serious enough to take any action. You’re put under observation with scheduled follow up appointments about every 6 months. It’s gamble time.
Best case scenario: the curve stabilises and stays that way for life. More often than not it degenerates further to require one of the following…
Or you can take action and have the Align Brace as your early intervention treatment option.
The curve has progressed enough (between 20 to 40 degrees) for the doctor to want to stop it from getting worse. Good news: Bracing has been proven to lessen the degree of curvature. Effectiveness, depends on variables such as type of brace, compliance and how the user’s body reacts. There are several bracing options available out there that are bulky and restrictive which may cause psychological and emotional distress to the user. The fully concealable Align Brace was designed with the improvement of the user’s comfort and mobility in mind – Your spine deserves better.
The surgeon decides the curve (above 45 degrees) may be potentially life threatening and requires surgery to fix. Surgery reduces the angle of the curve and straightens the spine as much as possible but not fully. Recovery can take anywhere from 4 weeks up to 6 months. As with any surgical procedures, the surgeon should not recommend this unless the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. If you have any concerns at all, seek a second opinion.
“Scoliosis cannot be prevented. It is not caused by carrying heavy school bags or anything a child or parent did or did not do. In most cases scoliosis is idiopathic, which means there is no known cause” – Scoliosis Association (UK)