The Value of Care
The scientific literature has confirmed that there is a direct association between a patient’s view of their health as measured by a health questionnaire, their mortality rate, and the severity of their scoliosis. To be straight forward, the larger the degree of the curvature, the more the scoliosis impacts your overall health and well being, and reduces your lifespan.
Without question, every degree of correction counts! But what‘s the real cost per degree? Let’s take a minute to take a look at the value of a variety of methods of scoliosis treatment when applied to a theoretical patient with a Cobb angle of 50-degrees.
Harrington Rod Surgery:
This comes in at an average cost of roughly $150,000. The goal of the surgeon performing the operation will be reduce the curvature by roughly 50%. So the cost involved would be $6,000 per degree of correction, and the correction achieved has been shown to be only temporary. Curves will continue to progress after surgery, by roughly one degree per year.
Typical Chiropractic Care for scoliosis:
In one study, participant’s averaged 1.4 degrees of correction after one year of “standard” chiropractic care. If one year of “standard” chiropractic care is roughly $10,000, then this comes out to about $10,000 per degree of correction!
This is actually a trick question because bracing will by no means decrease the severity of scoliosis, and whether or not it even stops progression is heavily debated amongst orthopedic surgeons. But when doing the math, the value of bracing cannot be determined, because it is impossible to divide any cost by zero. When looking at the cost of bracing for a two year time frame, on average this comes out to be roughly $70,000.00.
Non-Invasive Corrective Chiropractic Care:
Our non-invasive corrective care achieves on average, 50% reduction of the scoliosis. Assuming a (30 degree Cobb angle down to 15) Value: $210 per degree of correction, or 4% of the price per degree of correction in comparison to surgery.