From acupuncture to state-of-the-art surgery
Did you know that an albino alligator in a Brazilian aquarium made news when his scoliosis was treated using acupuncture? While the story grabs attention because of its strange subject matter, Bino the alligator isn’t alone in finding relief through alternative scoliosis treatment methods. People can also find a better quality of life thanks to the variety of treatments available for abnormal spinal curvature and the symptoms it causes.
There are different reasons why you might receive a diagnosis of scoliosis, including progression of a previous case or a new development related to a degenerative condition like arthritis. When creating a treatment plan, always consult your primary care physician. With the spine out of the typical curving alignment, other issues, such as spinal stenosis (narrowing) and pinched nerves can arise, and treatments will need to be tailored to address these specific problems.
Initial treatments for degenerative scoliosis are usually conservative in nature and can include the following:
- Exercising and conditioning muscles to provide more support for the back
- Physical therapy sessions to increase flexibility
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation
There are also many alternative treatments for people with degenerative scoliosis to investigate, including acupuncture. This method uses tiny, hollow needles that are meant to unblock the energy flow within the body. While this type of alternative treatment is outside the mainstream of western medicine, many patients report finding pain relief.
When to consider surgery
Patients consider surgery as a treatment for scoliosis when a full course of conservative treatment does not bring a level of relief that allows a return to everyday activity. For adults with degenerative scoliosis, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery that treats the symptoms of scoliosis while providing significant advantages compared to a traditional open back surgery. This is because our techniques use a smaller incision, typically less than one inch in length, to access the spine and decompress nerves while sparing muscles. The result is an outpatient procedure with a dramatically shorter recovery time^ than traditional surgery.
If you’d like to learn if you’re a candidate for Laser Spine Institute’s degenerative scoliosis treatments, contact us today for your no-cost MRI review.*