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It’s always good to have a backup plan. Especially when working with cases of scoliosis in teenagers, who still have some potential for growth remaining, if one method doesn’t achieve the expected results, you cannot go back in time and attempt a different approach. If you decide to pursue scoliosis bracing, and it does not prevent the scoliosis from getting worse, will you decide to have surgery, or pursue an alternative approach? Similarly, is your chiropractor open to the possibility that if chiropractic care doesn’t work, you might need a referral to an orthopedic surgeon for bracing or surgery? It’s best to discuss and consider these possibilities in advance, so that no unpleasant or unexpected surprises arise.

The primary concern of your doctor should be ensuring that you receive the best possible care – not “chiropractors versus orthopedic surgeons,” but “us versus scoliosis.” If your medical doctor refuses to work together with your chiropractor (or vice versa!), you may want to consider switching doctors.

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