The doctors featured a show on Scoliosis showing Chiropractor treating a young girl with Scoliosis. I was little shocked at first to feature this treatment style for Scoliosis. But I have always respected The Doctors and the producers of the show but to me this was a bad call. I believe though since they featured surgery they wanted to show another side to treating Scoliosis. I wish they would have mentioned this during the show since the segments was a little misleading.
“Eight-year-old Kailyn was diagnosed with scoliosis about two years ago. Jennifer shows how Kailyn’s spine differs from a normal one.”
“Dr. Jim demonstrates how he tests for scoliosis while Jennifer adjusts Kailyn’s back and explains other treatment options.”
Many insurances do not cover Chiropractor care or the plans have limitations or exclusions applicable to chiropractic care. Please check benefit plan descriptions for details before you spend good money on unproven treatments.
Even the Chiro Community, a refer network for Chiropractors notes that treatment by them is unproven for Scoliosis. Braces can be used to prevent the curve from increasing and that surgery is need if bracing fails in extreme cases.
Read the Article on Chiro Community Click Here
Chiropractic manipulation has no proven value for treatment of idiopathic scoliosis. A Chiropractor should only be used for Scoliosis if patient and doctor (certified by The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery) agree that chiropractic care is an option, the chiropractor will begin to treat the patient to help restore the misaligned vertebrae back to normal position, allowing the body to heal itself naturally and maintain normal functioning.
Other studies by the Mayo Clinic also indicate that the following treatments for Scoliosis are also ineffective:
Electrical stimulation of muscles (aka TENS)
The use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes. TENS by definition covers the complete range of transcutaneously applied currents used for nerve excitation although the term is often used with a more restrictive intent, namely to describe the kind of pulses produced by portable stimulators used to treat pain
The process of becoming aware of various physiological functions using instruments that provide information on the activity of those same systems, with a goal of being able to manipulate them at will. Processes that can be controlled include brain waves, muscle tone, skin conductance, rate and pain level.
Surgeons are trained to be evidence-based. While they can mention there are unproven alternative therapies, often do not tell patients about specific ones because of the chance the parents will think the treatments are legitimate. They aren’t hiding these treatments from patients and parents, there are too many alternative therapies for a surgeon to name in one clinic meeting. None of these treatments have any evidence of efficacy which is why surgeons are not pursuing them.If the surgeon doesn’t mention a treatment then that is a clue to the rational that the paient is probably wasting their time pursuing it. The surgeons are the only relevant medical training to treat Scoliosis.
In summary, approach alternative treatments with caution and know what your insurance is going pay for and what you’ll be on the hook for. Always consult an Orthopaedic Doctor.
Click Here to Read Part 1 of Part 2:”The Doctors: TV Show” on Scoliosis