Spinal mobility is, obviously, of utmost importance to even minimally active patients. It is exciting, then, to learn of a new way to adjust unnatural spinal curvatures without limiting such mobility. It is also noteworthy that this surgical method is not limited to fully developed spines, but may be used on children’s developing spines as well to help adjust the curvature as they grow. Minimal invasion is always a plus as well.
It is estimated that about sixty-five percent of scoliosis cases are idiopathic, meaning their cause is unknown. While this invention presents an encouraging technique for adjusting spinal curvature after it has already developed, it would be preferable to prevent such curvature in the first place. One would hope that this surgical method is a holdover while scientists explore the underlying basis for this condition and seek to prevent it at the outset.