Know The Benefits As Well As The Side-Effects of Scoliosis Surgery Before You Take The Next Step “The wishbone will never replace the backbone.” - Will Henry. Backbone, or the spine, is a very important part of our body. It is the spine that gives the body its posture and balance. But in this hard-working age today, it has become challenging to maintain the health of the entire body. This is one of the reasons for scoliosis.
The condition of scoliosis is estimated to affect 4.5% of the general population. In a nation of approximately 300 million people, this means that over 13 million cases of scoliosis exist, and almost 500 more are diagnosed each day — about 173,000 every year. Also, according to some studies, the average scoliosis patient will suffer a 14-year reduction in their average life expectancy. This only means that if by some miracle scoliosis is eliminated, this would add 168 million years of health and productivity to our society. What is scoliosis? Scoliosis can be defined as a medical condition in which a person’s spine has a sideways curve that is usually “S”- or “C” shaped. The curve in scoliosis might be stable or increase over time. As it first begins, scoliosis causes no such severe symptoms which might lead it to go undetected for a long time. Some of the main signs of scoliosis include uneven shoulder blades, waist and also one hip being at a higher position than the other. Not only this but if the condition is mild, it does not cause any such problems in your day-to-day life, but if the case is severe, it can intervene even with your regular breathing pattern. Although surgery is an option to treat this condition, there are various side-effects of scoliosis surgery as the results after the surgery varies from person to person. Complications such as infection, nerve damage, bowel problems, blood loss, and bladder problems are some of the potential risks of any spinal surgery which includes surgery for scoliosis as well. Additional complications include loss of proper spinal balance, failure of the bones to heal and fuse properly, instrumentation failure and vertebral degeneration in the levels adjacent to the fused section.
There have been many alternatives for treating scoliosis without surgery. Therapy is one. Scoliosis treatment with the help of a specialized scoliosis traction chair has been a success too. The chair incorporates cervical decompression with lateral thoracic and lumbar traction and also addresses the rotational aspect of scoliosis simultaneously. Scoliosis is apparently not a minor issue, but an epidemic, and one that should be taken very seriously. Therefore, explore more regarding the alternative treatments and enjoy a pain-free life.
Published on Mar 12, 2018
Published on Mar 12, 2018
it has become challenging to maintain the health of the entire body. This is one of the reasons for scoliosis.