HAVE YOU WORKED WITH SCOLIOSIS CASES LIKE MINE BEFORE, AND CAN YOU SHARE THEIR LONG-TERM RESULTS WITH ME?
Not every chiropractor has the same level of training and knowledge when it comes to scoliosis. Similarly, a surgeon does not become an expert in performing scoliosis surgeries overnight – it takes many operations and many years to acquire experience with the unique aspects of scoliosis surgery. This also applies to bracing – the more scoliosis braces that a doctor has prescribed, the better he or she becomes at crafting the ideal fit that will provide the greatest possible benefit for a specific individual.
While it is true that patient confidentiality laws prohibit the unauthorized sharing of healthcare information, there is some information which can be de-identified and shared, such as x-rays and questionnaire scores. Doctors who have worked with scoliosis for many years should have accumulated testimonials, success stories, research articles, and other sources of evidence to demonstrate the benefits of their chosen approach. You should also insist that the demographics of the shared results (such as gender, age, and curve pattern) match your specific case as closely as possible. It’s important to recognize that the term “scoliosis” encompasses a lot of different conditions. Just like each person is unique, each case of scoliosis is unique. What is best for an adolescent with a double major idiopathic S-curve, might not be the best approach for an adult with a degenerative lumbar C-curve.