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					                                           Why Treat Scoliosis?

Idiopathic adolescent scoliosis affects approximately 5% of the general population, but has been
reported in as high as 13% of the college aged female population. The majority of the orthopedic and
medical community regards the condition as merely a cosmetic concern until the scoliosis spine
curvature reaches a moderate to severe degree. Most idiopathic scoliosis patients (8 out of 10) will be
“fine” in a clinical sense without the need for highly invasive scoliosis treatment procedures, but as
much as 5% of scoliosis patients will opt for an elective scoliosis fusion surgery wrought with short and
long-term complications.

So, why should we even bother with attempts to develop a pro-active non-surgical scoliosis treatment
that can be implemented on a wide scale if the scoliosis condition is regarded as only a cosmetic concern
in the majority of people it effects? Well, the simple answer is this; scoliosis treatment is more than
dodging the surgical knife. Quality of life, incidence of back pain, and risk of adulthood scoliosis spine
progression are very real and concerning issues facing the scoliosis patient long after they have reached
skeletal maturity.

A 2003 study published in SPINE Journal found that adult scoliosis patients with spinal curves 10 degree
or greater scored significantly lower in 7 out of 8 categories including physical functioning, general
health, social functioning, and body pain when compared to the general population. In fact the
researchers concluded "It is our conclusion that adult scoliosis is becoming a medical condition of
significant impact, affecting the fastest growing segment of our society to a previously unrecognized
degree."

So, why treat scoliosis; Because the continued “re-active” scoliosis treatment approach is
leading to diminished quality of life standards for millions of people across the world and
ultimately, “kicking the can down the road” in terms of major spinal health problems later in
life. The need for a pro-active scoliosis treatment that is non-invasive and can be utilized across
a wide range of cases types and ages is long over-due.



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Treating Scoliosis.com offers alternatives to scoliosis surgery when treating scoliosis of the spine in
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