What A Stupidly Simple Cause
First, I am in no way giving any medical advice. I am just telling of my findings, on the cause of Idiopathic Scoliosis. And of the wonderful results, I was able to achieve. With halting and reversing the progression of my son's case of Idiopathic Scoliosis. I am not a doctor, and am in no way telling you to not listen to your doctor. I am just explaining the good results I had, to give you something to discuss with your doctor. In the following editorial, I question a lot of things about the current treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis. The improvement I was able to accomplish in my son. After a year of doctor prescribed treatment, where his angle increased by over 11% gives me that right. Also, Both legs need to be stretched. To keep the relief even.
When stretching the leg/hamstring muscle, you should not feel overstretching pain. You should be feeling stern stretching.
Doctors are leading us to believe Scoliosis is not preventable, which I feel is completely wrong. They are saying it does not have a cause, because they do not understand it is pressure caused by a tight tendon. Which is connected to the low shoulder. It somehow runs from the low shoulder, to the opposite leg. Left shoulder low connected to right foot. Right shoulder low connected to left foot. On some cases it is the same side shoulder / leg. If I would have known, what I now know. When my son was 10, I would have watched for the tension and completely halted any progression of his case of Scoliosis. Well before Matt’s back had any excessive curvature. I still cannot believe Idiopathic Scoliosis has been affecting our children, for several hundreds of years. And doctors are still treating it so incorrectly; does no one understand the real cause? I am writing this to get surgery, for Idiopathic Scoliosis halted. I cannot believe what doctors are missing, in the current treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis. That they do not understand the immense pressure, pulling the back crooked. The current correction procedure has to magnify the already present tension. The reason for the poor results received, with the correction attempts. The only partial correction. And the large loss of correction, after corrective surgery is performed. I feel it is my duty to the currently more than 80 recipients of spinal fusion daily, in the US for the correction of Idiopathic Scoliosis. My son was diagnosed with a 60-degree curve. I listened to the doctors, had Matt fitted in a brace. And I paid over $300 a month in co pays, to have therapy done 3 times a week. After about a year, the curve increased to 67 degrees. Which is over an 11% increase, while prescribed therapy was being performed. That is when I stopped the doctor prescribed treatment and started gently stretching him myself. It is so easy, to prove my theory correct. The tight tendon is so obvious.
Draw a line from the low shoulder, to the inside of the opposite leg. I
Feel, that is the path that the tight tendon is taking. Test anyone with Scoliosis,
by laying him or her on the ground face up. Hold the leg on the side of the low shoulder firmly against the ground, and then try to elevate the other leg to a 90-degree angle. With a person suffering from Scoliosis, the leg opposite the low shoulder WILL NOT DO THAT.
After a year of supposably helpful, but expensive therapy. I realized, as in the above described stretch. There was a very tight tendon, pulling the back crooked. I feel I have discovered the cause of Idiopathic Scoliosis, and probably most of the back pain that is surgically corrected. Idiopathic just means doctors have not figured out the cause. To think I had scheduled my son to have Spinal Fusion surgery performed, really bothers me. Please do not let any fusion be done on your child, without investigating what I know was the cause of my son’s trouble. When I started stretching my son. Matt stood and walked better, almost immediately. The stretch/test I propose needs to be done at all wellness physicals.
The Damage from Spinal Fusion Surgery Cannot Be Reversed ! ! ! At our final visit to the doctor, that was to perform surgery on my son. I was informed Matt’s back was worse, even though Matt stood and walked very much better. But Matt’s scheduled surgery was only 2 months off. Several years later, I had an x-ray taken and a Cobb Angle measured. The x-ray technician informed me, the curve intensity was between 50-55%. 53.6 is 20% less than 67, 50.25 is 25% less. The curves progression has been not only halted, but reduced by about over 20% without surgery. Just by doing a Simple Stretch. As I previously stated, I wish I knew that when Matt was 13. I could have watched for the tight tendon. And stretched the connecting hamstring muscle, before any angle was caused. Now Matt walks and stands very well, his shoulders are level. I almost did not pursue this method. It was Too Stupidly Simple. To be missed by so many doctors, the cure is as simple as I have found. Socrates spoke of the curve, but not of a cure. The current treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis will probably be seen as the greatest mistake of modern medicine.
It was really tearing me up, to see my son stand and walk very crocked. I realized, as in the above described stretch. There was a very tight tendon, pulling the back crocked. That kind of distortion, had to have a definite cause. I feel I have discovered the cause of Idiopathic Scoliosis, and probably a lot of back pain. Idiopathic just means doctors have not figured out the cause. When I started stretching my son. Matt stood and walked better, almost immediately.
I cannot believe the cause of Scoliosis is a simple tight tendon. And doctors are performing a very costly procedure that permanently damages the back. And has
to magnify the tension. Also limiting the flexibility.
I am so happy, to have figured out a simple cause and cure for Idiopathic Scoliosis. I am very bothered, by the fact that I almost let the medical community destroy my young son’s back. And give him a lifetime of pain and suffering. Being I can show you how to diagnose the cause of Idiopathic Scoliosis, in a few minutes.
A main problem could be doctors only know what they are taught. And being
taught that the horrible angle found with idiopathic Scoliosis does not have a cause needing to be eliminated, but an angle needing correction. Putting the spine in so much more tension. Doctors need to understand the immense pressure present. When speaking with the doctor that was going to be doing the spinal fusion surgery, on my son. What really alarmed me, was the fact that I felt like I was talking with a
used car salesman. Who would say anything to not loose the sale. I questioned the correction level claimed, I was being informed 100% correction would have been the outcome, even though I had read less than 50% was normally the result. And I also questioned loss of mobility, and was told Matt should have no loss in mobility. But I had read, that is not the outcome. If the tension was left present but the angle in your spine was lessened. The current tension would have to be increased exponentially. That is a setting for a Spinal Fusion Failure, which too frequently happens 40% to 68% of the time. And is the sure reason for such.
It started like any normal day; the day I found out my son had a very fast progressing case of Idiopathic Scoliosis. At a regular doctor wellness visit, my son Matthew was thought to possibly have Scoliosis. But the stretch/test I propose was not done. When I informed the school nurse of this, she was very disturbed by that fact. The nurse had checked Matthew, within the last 6 months. And did not see any sign of Scoliosis. The stretch I propose should have been performed. The doctor claimed the nurse probably missed it, I feel that it probably occurred that rapidly. Being Idiopathic Scoliosis is not understood, doctors don’t also understand the rate of progression.
X-rays were taken; a Cobb angle determination of 60 degrees was established. Matthew was fitted with a brace, in an attempt to stop or at least slow the curves progression. The stretch I propose should have been started. The brace came with $300 plus monthly co pays for therapy, $30 at 3 times a week times = $90 x 4 weeks was $360 a cost of $450, on the 2-5 week months of the year, for an annual total of $4500. Matthew wore the brace more than was prescribed. The doctor claimed the brace was sometimes ineffective, and he blamed not enough time in the brace. Because of an unconfirmed wear time, which would bring unneeded stress on the wearer. For not only having to deal with the effects of Scoliosis. Having the astigmatism of having to wear the brace. And also, being accused of not wearing the brace. The doctor did not know how to properly treat Idiopathic Scoliosis. And was blaming his inability to cure, on the child for not wearing the prescribed brace. I know my son wore his brace, for more than was prescribed. Matthew knew he had a growth window that he would only be in for a short time. And wearing the brace, for the next 1 to 3 years would possibly prevent or lessen the need for surgery. Which does lead to a lifetime of complications. Idiopathic Scoliosis Spinal Fusion surgery has a varying but high rate of complications. 1-3 for every 1,000 are given permanent nerve damage. At the time of Matt’s diagnosis at around 13 to 14 years of age, they were performing 20,000 Spinal Fusion Surgeries annually for idiopathic Scoliosis.
By 2011 that number had increased to over 30,000, annually in the US. That is almost 4 billion dollars, on the low end. For an infliction that I have proved is completely preventable. I know this for a fact; I proved that with my son. The monetary repercussions are staggering. Annually over 4 billion dollars is being made on this. Not counting all of the complications that result.
Within about a year, when the curve increased to 67 degrees the doctor informed us Matt could discontinue wearing the brace. And wait for his back to fully mature, then have spinal fusion done. Because it obviously was not working, which it might have been. The curve could have increased more, if Matthew was not wearing the brace as dedicatedly as he was. The curve could not have increased as much, if it was not worn as detictedly. Wearing it could have weakened his back muscles, causing the angle to increase more rapidly. These are items I will never know. But I do know, I reduced Matts curve over 20%. Matthew had such fast progression of his curve. The brace did wear out shirts fast, from rubbing while moving. Looking at Matt was really tearing me up. He stood and walked so Horribly Crocked, he also dragged one foot. Some parents are very emotionally disturbed by the fact that the case of Scoliosis in their child, is brought on by heredity. And that the parent had something to do with making the child suffer. When the only thing that might be heredity about my son is, Matt has my upbringing. He also does things without thinking. Like climbing that tree. I would have really been wrecked, if I allowed the surgery to be performed. Then I was to learn what I do now know. Matthew knows he can tell me anything, without any repercussions. I asked if he had fallen, very hard at some time previously. Which is when he informed me of a time when he had fallen very hard from high in a tree. That fall must have traumatized his Tendon / Muscle. And it started tightening tremendously. His case of Scoliosis developed from not detectable to 60 degrees, in about 6 months. I really feel for the people. That have had Spinal Fusion surgery to correct Idiopathic Scoliosis, which would cause more tension. When the cause is a tight tendon. I cannot believe doctors don’t realize that to distort a healthy back, there has to be tension pulling it. An attempt to remove the angle is made, without removing the tension, which is the cause. Some of the angle is being removed, but the tension is not. Which would put the back in Tremendously More Tension. To have enough tension, to pull a back crooked. Then to right some of that angle but not release the tension. Is the reason for the high number of Spinal Fusion failures. The cure is So Stupidly Simple, and the test. To confirm no tension was present, and that Idiopathic Scoliosis would not develop is So Simple. Now Idiopathic Scoliosis is detected, after the tension has become great enough. To pull the back crocked. It is then monitored, but the tension is not removed. When the excess tension pulls the back, to over 40 degrees. Most times, surgery is performed. Which then would have to put the back into so much more tension.
After 12 months of therapy, the curve increased to 67 degrees. To have to see my son stand and walk crooked was really tearing me up. And to find, the cure was So Simple. All other types of Scoliosis, and most back pain in the US are probably
caused by the same tension I have discovered.
Idiopathic Scoliosis is also thought to occur from certain chemical reactions at puberty, when the only thing puberty and scoliosis have in common. The body is
growing fast in puberty, when the body grows fast. And a Muscle/Tendon gets traumatized, tightens and pulls on the back. Place the subject on a flat surface, like the floor. Lying on their back. Hold one leg firmly against the ground. And lift the other leg up, to a 90-degree angle from the first leg. Both legs should be able to obtain a 90-degree angle. I was only able to elevate, my sons left leg. About 12” from the ground, that tension is the tension that pulls the back crocked. It is So Stupidly Simple, and that doctors are profiting from a surgery. That needlessly destroys a young back.
I have a special love for life, I wrecked on a motorcycle. Flew 20’, hit a wooden power pole. And bounced so far from the pole, I was thought not to have hit it. But my helmet was cracked clear to the back, in two places. There was a small blue speck, the same shade as my helmet. About 8” from the ground, dented into the pole. When I was found, the bike headlight shattered. But the bulb assembly remained intact and illuminated. The police officer that found me informed me of the fact that he past my location 3 times before finding me. Someone must have reported something, for him to be looking. Seeing the shape I was in. A coroner’s wagon was called. And then I moved. It was so foggy the ambulance was rerouted 3 times. The helicopter could not land, because of the intense fog. I was in ICU for 21 days and unconscious for 28 day. I was able to take the easy way out, for the most important part of my healing. Where my concerned family had to deal with the daily updates about my health, which I am sure were very grim. I fractured the top vertebrae in my neck 5 times, had broken the left side of my collarbone, punctured one lung, and was found with both lungs collapsed. The pressure in my brain was relieved, when it remained peaked at 50lb. It should normally stay around 12lbs to 14lbs. I have a low spot in the front of my head; I can still feel the hole where it was drained.
And once when my wife was pregnant and very far along with Nicholas, our first-born. I was walking quickly backward, while cutting the lawn. I sat on a half whiskey barrel planter. I pulled the lawnmower onto my foot, taking off about a half inch of my big toe. When I arrived at the hospital, my wife was sent to retrieve the missing portion of my toe. But it was not usable, to many embedded bone fragments. It was very interesting, to watch the doctor lop off more of the bone, to be able to close the opening.
I still have more. When I was 16 and working on my 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner. I was disassembling the lower part of the motor; I placed railroad tie pieces under the front tires, to have better clearance. The only problem was I only blocked the rear of the rear tires. Since being it was on an uphill slant, the front wheels were elevated. Back was the logical direction of movement. I did not contemplate forward movement, until while applying force to break one of the bolts holding the lower part of the rod bearings loose. I caused it to move in a forward direction. You know how when you drive your car off a curb, it bottoms out. My nose and face caught that force. My younger brother, who was working on the other side of my parent’s oversized 2-car garage, informed me. He called my name 3 times. I only remember hearing 1. On that little escapade, I fractured the tip of my nose. Gave myself a concussion; I received 32 stitches in my nose, and 5 over my eye. The doctor informed me, he was surprised it did not shove my nose into my brain. While waiting for a plastic surgeon, I was visited by my other, elder brother. I showed I still had good cheer, by commenting on my new ability of being able to pick my nose from the outside Ha-Ha. When I spoke with the ER nurse, asking her if this would look better by Monday morning for my return to school. I was informed the swelling should be just peaking by then. By Monday morning, I had 2 black eyes and my face was so swelled. It didn’t even look like I had a nose.
I feel, all these experiences help me to better enjoy life. I enjoy life a million times better, than if I was not in the described predicaments. I have such a good outlook on life. I have been told I should be an inspirational speaker. I am better able to look at things differently, like the fact that a back would not be that distorted. Unless something was pulling it and holding it down. That is why doctors must identify the cause of Idiopathic Scoliosis, and relieve the pressure. Before it causes Scoliosis. In writing this, I am trying to prevent anyone from ever getting spinal fusion surgery for Idiopathic Scoliosis again. 90% of the recipients of spinal fusion surgery are classified as 100% disabled, in there lifetime. A correction of less than 50% is normally achieved, 4% is lost in the 1st year and 1% to 1 ½ % of the correction is lost each additional year. 87% of children ages 3-10 who are diagnosed with idiopathic Scoliosis will undergo surgery to correct the scoliosis. Of these, 40-68% will require additional surgeries. I still cannot believe that doctors are getting away with performing a very costly, and filled with multiple major complication surgery. That leads to a lifetime of complications. I feel, the current surgical treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis. Will be seen as the most major mistake, of modern medical history.
Socrates who was born in 465 BC spoke of observing the curve that is now called Scoliosis. Corsets and/or braces have been made since the 1800’s
Are doctors stupid enough to miss something this simple. Therapy, just doing a simple stretch, is not near as lucrative as Spinal Fusion surgery. Children need to be tested for a tight tendon. And the tension needs to be stretched, before damage is caused. I am informed my cure is to simple, doctors would know that. The newest surgery actually removes vertebrae to make room in the back. Which further enforces my argument of needing to stretch the muscle, connected to the tendon.
Are we putting our trust in people that cannot see the big picture? Are doctors looking at the accepted means of correcting, and the high monetary rewards for this procedure? Why show a patient an easy treatment method that can be done at home. When a very profitable alternative is currently accepted, that leads to a lifetime of follow-up visits with more money spent.
The thing that really bothers me is the fact that I was 3 months from getting the current Spinal Fusion surgery done on my son. Before investigating and finding my current means of Idiopathic Scoliosis correction/removal. Idiopathic Scoliosis is thought to be a spinal deformity, parents are left to feel it is something that is a fault of theirs. That it was in their jeans, or in something that the parents allowed to happen. I worked with my son, stopping Matthew's Scoliosis progression and lessening the severity of his curve. My wife informed me. Each time I did Matthews stretching, in her presence. Matthew would still need to have the surgery performed. I took Matt in for a Cobb angle determination, after working with him for several years. To find I had reduced the angle by over 20%. I am not a doctor, and am not prescribing this as a treatment. This is something to discuss with your physician and / or therapist.
For people, who are supposably well trained in cause and effect theories. I cannot believe doctors are not treating Idiopathic Scoliosis for what it is. Or is the monetary gain of incorrect treatment clouding a doctor’s judgement. The newest surgery. Removing vertebra from the back. Now would you not realize if removing vertebrae corrects the problem It has to be tension, which is more proof. We put too much faith in our doctors.
If you draw an imaginary line from the low shoulder to the center of the opposite leg, that is the path that the tight tendon runs. I have added a picture of someone inflicted with Idiopathic Scoliosis. I drew a line, in what I have proved is the approximate path of the tight tendon. It is so obvious, that it is holding down and pulling the back crocked.
Matthew started stretching in gym class. One semester in school his junior year, after I had the good results of the over 20% reduction. He argued we did not need to do our stretches, because of the stretching in gym class. I did let Matt stop our stretching routine, for that one semester. His ADHD medication was also reduced by one half that same semester. Which triggered his body to start growing. The normal initial time idiopathic Scoliosis is first made apparent, when the body start growing abnormally fast. Further proving my theory. By the time of the end of the gym class, Matt could feel himself tightening up. My wife Sherry also noticed him starting to have problems with walking. I was allowed to start up our stretching routine, but we had only lost about 5 to 7 percent of being able to elevate Matt’s left leg. Which was reattained almost immediately, we just started gently stretching for about 2 to 4 minutes every night of the week. I still cannot believe how simple the stretch is and how fast we are able to see results. Matt’s doctor claimed 100% correction was going to be the result. From what I read, he had to know that would not be the outcome. I guess he did not think I would question and research his answers, which I had done before they were even stated. All the numbers except for my results with my son can all be researched on the Internet, as I have done. The main thing is I have been able to relieve the tension causing Matt’s case of Idiopathic Scoliosis. Matt now walks normally, because the tension has been Completely Eliminated.
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