Spinal Fusion: Do Chiropractic Experts Agree That It’s the Best Option?

A new initiative has been started by the International Chiropractic Scoliosis Board (ICSB) to decrease the number of spinal fusions for idiopathic scoliosis patients by 25% by the year 2025.

According to the video released by ICSB, scoliosis surgery is the best option for patients “in some cases,” but is also “the most invasive” option. The video goes on to say that “Long-term complications of the procedure are well-documented,” although sources for these claims were not given.

“Advancements in the understanding of the scoliosis condition have led to developments in less-invasive, non-spinal fusion treatments, offering the real possibility of significantly reducing the number of spinal fusion surgeries for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in the near future.”

The ICSB shares its plan to decrease spinal fusions by 25% by 2050 on its page. (Read the full details here: http://www.chiropracticscoliosis.org/25-25-scoliosis-initiative)

Some people might balk at the idea of chiropractors offering any sort of recommendation for scoliosis, as some people really don’t trust chiropractors. I take them on a case-by-case basis personally, (because yes, some of them make some outlandish claims and probably diagnose more conditions than they should) but overall I do believe that it’s a credible profession and that chiropractors can help, when you find a good one who understands scoliosis.

This call for a reduction in surgeries is interesting, and makes me wonder how far behind other doctors are from eventually recommending surgery for only the most severe scoliosis cases, and using “alternative” methods to manage mild to moderate cases instead of bracing and surgery. Or will we ever see a time when surgery is no longer recommended for mild-moderate scoliotics? Is that even a good idea?

What are your thoughts? Should surgeries be decreased (for certain types of patients)?

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