As a student in graduate school, I helped pioneer a new rehab based approach that significantly improved a patient's traumatic scoliosis. With vastly improved pre/post x-rays in hand, I set off showing every doctor what we had accomplished. One radiologist examined the films, saw the pride in my eyes and asked me, "are you treating x-rays or treating people?". I was stunned, then a little ashamed. While pre/post x-rays are the standard of care in scoliosis treatment, our patients love coming to our office because we always focus on treating people, not just the crooked spine on the x-rays.
Scoliosis primarily affects teenage girls, thus young girls make up the majority of our patients. Being in that awkward time of life between adolescence and adulthood is challenging enough without being faced with a chronic, rapidly progressive condition like scoliosis. Most of the girls are reluctant to assume personal responsibility for the exercise routine they have to complete multiple times per day, but in a short amount of time something amazing happens. They begin to learn their own strength to overcome adversity. We watch them transform from a child to an adult before our very eyes.