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acupuncture for scoliosis

A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Gantsoudes
16 years experience in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
To be blunt: no: Scoliosis is a three-dimensional deformity of the spine. Severe scoliosis has only one known "cure" and that is surgery that involves fusing the nece ... Read More

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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
I will address your: question regarding acupuncture. Acupuncture will not cure or 'fix' scoliosis. However, it can be very beneficial in reducing pain, inflammation and re ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Siranush Cholakian
33 years experience in Holistic Medicine
No: Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 3000 years. Now it enjoys a revival and is spreading out through many advanced economically and cultural ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
See below: See the cochrane collaborative. It lists the areas in which acupuncture is effective and where it is not.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones answered
44 years experience in Family Medicine
Maybe : Again, I am not a fan of cam, but whatever modalities (within reason) is worth a trial.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes, however....: Acupuncture can be very beneficial for sciatica. But here is the thing about sciatica- it always has an underlying cause. Best to find out what the ca ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Not at all: Chiros offer a deep thrusting massage based upon an outmoded and disproven theory of disease causation. Kyphosis is structural and cannot be improved ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Cause First: See a doctor to find the cause first, before testing therapies.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gael Yonnet
14 years experience in Neurology
No: Absolutely not.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience in Nuclear Medicine
Not definitely known: Mild to moderate scoliosis if flexible can sometimes lend itself to some chiropractic manipulation and management of pain if present.Virtually no for ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Jay Petruska
31 years experience in Family Medicine
OMT: Omt can be useful in treating several types of pain, and may be useful in the pain associated with fibromyalgia. A lot of that depends on the nature ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No: No but they are great exercises for your core muscle development to help minimize the risk of developing back pain
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Atif Haque
17 years experience in Neurosurgery
If feels good: Not sure of the existence of studies specifically looking at this, but if you were my patient, i would tell you that if it makes you feel better, do i ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sheeja Francis
19 years experience in Rheumatology
Possibly: Accupuncture is relatively safe and can help with reducing pain. However, for fibromyalgia, adequate sleep and regular aerobic exercise are most impo ... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Are you serious?: This is merely one of the latest supplements being touted on the market with unsubstantiated claims in absence of any reasonable research or evidence. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
51 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: Scoliosis surgery is performed as a fusion. This result in ablation of motion of the involved segments. The more segments involved the more restricti ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Michalski
35 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Yoga: Generally speaking, yes. Yoga is an excellent stretching and strengthening exercise with physical, mental, and possibly spiritual benefits.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Hermann
42 years experience in Family Medicine
Possibly: I'd recommend you consult with an experienced physical therapist who has worked with acupuncturists. Sometimes response to acupuncture depends as muc ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Khounganian
17 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Both are good: Yoga and Pilates both employ a lot of core strengthening exercises without high impact or heavy lifting. I recommend them both to my patients frequen ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Unlikely: Acupuncture may be useful for pain, however, and could be used as palliation, but will have no effect whatsoever on progressive bulbar palsy, a variat ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience in Pain Management
Yes and no: For tension headaches or those starting in the neck can see some benefit from chiro manipulation. Be careful of what is promised. Get an eval and some ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
32 years experience in Rheumatology
No long term basis: Acupuncture may give short term hours to days of relief but it will not change the long term inflammatory aspects of rheumatoid or prevent deformities ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience in Pain Management
Yes: Yes.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Billy
27 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Not recommended: Massage therapy is not going to significantly improve pain in spinal arthritis. It may provide temporary relief (minutes to hours) of the pain.
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