View Full Version : Has anyone been successfully treated using this?

20th April 2008, 06:30 AM
Hi. I'm a new member. I have a 56 degree top curve and was recently told that Spinal Fusion was in my near future. I have started agressively looking for other methods of treatment and recently started chiropractic care and bikram yoga. I have been searching the internet and came upon this study which sounds promising. I'm trying to dig deeper to see if the study has been repeated but it has been challenging finding more info. Can you please tell me if any of you have been successfully treated this way? Thanks so much in advance. I'm excited to have found a website with people who are going through what I go through. Have a great night.

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlere...bmedid=15363104 (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pubmed&pubmedid=15363104)


20th April 2008, 12:17 PM
Hi Renee
and :welcome:

I think someone else posted a link to this paper here before. If you look into the details you will see that most of the patients in the study had much smaller curves than you. I don't think any of them would have been told they needed surgery.
So while this looks promising for small curves, you shouldn't assume it would be helpful for larger ones.

Thaleias spirit
20th April 2008, 02:19 PM
Hi Renee and welcome.

May I ask whereabouts in the world you are based and how old you are at present?
Also if you could tell us anything about your scoliosis history and its progresion, ie has the top curve been 56 degrees for a quite a while or has it been progressing etc?

The reason I ask is that while some cases can be similar, no two cases are identical and knowing a bit more about your own situation might help us in advising you further.

Many surgeons use a guideline of once a curve has progresed passed the 40 degree mark they will consider surgery, but sometimes only is the patient has been in considerable pain and that the curve has changed at each follow up appointment.

Feel free to post and ask any questions at all that come into your head and hopefully we can help you through it all.


Little Ali
20th April 2008, 03:03 PM
Hi there :welcome2:

20th April 2008, 08:14 PM

I'm 14, and had spinal fusion in november last year. At that point, my curve was around 90degrees. When I first saw a specialist, it was at 77, so I was never able to consider other techniques, it was surgery or nothing. However, I never regret having the surgery; it was one of the best things I have ever done :-)


Amazed Jean
20th April 2008, 10:27 PM
Hello and Welcome to SSO. I flipped through the article again and I am still bothered by the small curves they began with and reputable proof of improvement and then there is that thing about not having results verified by and outside source. I also didn't catch any medical doctors signed in either. I tread litely when I can't go directly to the source or base of the results and the patients aren't available for questions.