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Retrospective Study Comparing Surgery for Scoliosis against the Non-Surgical ASMI Treatment

by Damien Mearns(more info)

listed in back pain, originally published in issue 283 - January 2023

 

Originally Published:  Retrospective study comparing Surgery for Scoliosis against the non-Surgical ASMI Treatmentgoodback.co.uk

 

Objectives

The aim of this study was to investigate what the impact of surgery for scoliosis on the reduction of the curve is compared to the non-Surgical ASMI treatment (ASMI – Advanced Spinal Mobilization Instrument)

 

Advanced Spinal Mobilisation Instrument – ASMI

Advanced Spinal Mobilization Instrument (ASMI)
https://goodback.co.uk/2020/02/15/asmi_videos/

 

Background

The ASMI was invented 25 years ago and has enjoyed much success in reducing scoliosis curves outside of the mainstream hospital based treatments: bracing, surgery and physiotherapy but has yet to be taken up as a core primary tool for the treatment of Scoliosis.

The classification of scoliosis is now done globally via the “Lenke classification system”; this system was designed by Dr Lawrence G. Lenke. Dr Lenke is a practising scoliosis surgeon and we take his before and after clinical photographs (non-Xrays) and compare them to similar before and after clinical photographs of the ASMI treated patients and compare results.

Justification for the non-use of X-rays in this study.

  1. X-rays are dangerous as can be seen here in this study that shows the increase in cancers suffered by patients who had many X-rays to have scoliosis braces fitted: https://scoliosisjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1748-7161-9-4
  2. Scoliosis is a grand deformity – it often can be readily seen with the naked eye. X-rays will give enhanced accuracy of cobb angle measurement but as this study compares the large visible improvements of surgery to the large visible improvements of the ASMI treatment such nth degree level of accuracy is unnecessary.

Methods:

Two sources are used:

  1. Dr Lenke’s website http://spinal-deformity-surgeon.com/spine-surgery-cases
  2. The GoodBack website: https://goodback.co.uk/2021/04/04/scoliosis/

Results: The before and after Photos are shown below

 

Fig 1 Before and After

https://goodback.co.uk/2022/09/22/retrospective-study-comparing-surgery-for-scoliosis-against-the-non-surgical-asmi-treatment/

 

Fig 2 Before and After

https://goodback.co.uk/2022/09/22/retrospective-study-comparing-surgery-for-scoliosis-against-the-non-surgical-asmi-treatment/

 

Fig 3 Before and After

https://goodback.co.uk/2022/09/22/retrospective-study-comparing-surgery-for-scoliosis-against-the-non-surgical-asmi-treatment/

 

Fig 4 Before and After

https://goodback.co.uk/2022/09/22/retrospective-study-comparing-surgery-for-scoliosis-against-the-non-surgical-asmi-treatment/

 

Fig 5 Before and After

https://goodback.co.uk/2022/09/22/retrospective-study-comparing-surgery-for-scoliosis-against-the-non-surgical-asmi-treatment/

 

Fig 6 Before and After

https://goodback.co.uk/2022/09/22/retrospective-study-comparing-surgery-for-scoliosis-against-the-non-surgical-asmi-treatment/

 

Fig 7 Before and After

https://goodback.co.uk/2022/09/22/retrospective-study-comparing-surgery-for-scoliosis-against-the-non-surgical-asmi-treatment/

 

Conclusions

Taking into account that all the surgery patients above will have their spines shrink in old age while having lots of non-shrinking metal work in them along with all the other issues & expense of surgery, the non-Surgical ASMI should be a first line of treatment for all but the most severe cases of Scoliosis

Conflict of Interest Statement

The author is a former scoliosis patient who was treated successfully with the ASMI 20 years ago and who is now an ASMI therapist specializing in the treatment of Scoliosis. The author has no part in the ownership of the ASMI but the owners of the ASMI have requested that the author be a distributor for the ASMI in the UK.

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About Damien Mearns

Damien Mearns’ current main activity is a computer programmer. He treats scoliosis in the evening & at weekends - the aim being not to make a living out of it (I may go full time one day) but to get this treatment used as the main treatment for bad backs of all types across the globe. He focuses on scoliosis because of his own history and also because it is very visible and so easy to demonstrate its use.

Once established for Scoliosis, the other things the Advanced Spinal Mobilization Instrument (ASMI) can achieve can them be looked at: Sciatica & other back pain (this is the BBC cameraman /body guard for Martin Bell & Kate Aide when they covered the war in Bosnia. He damaged his back out there and ... ASMI fixes 20 years of Sciatica in Three Goes

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