Some Treatments Too Good to be True

Some Treatments Too Good to be True
Dr. Jonathan F. Camp sets the record straight on alternatives to typical scoliosis treatments

(LAS VEGAS)— No hospitalization. No surgery. No bracing. No way.

According to Jonathan Camp, MD, a pediatric spine surgeon specializing in scoliosis at Children’s Bone and Spine Surgery, treatments touting alternatives to the traditional scoliosis treatments of bracing and surgery are a farce.

“As soon as parents find out their child has scoliosis and needs surgery, they become desperate,” said Camp. “They will do anything to avoid having their child undergo surgery. When they learn of other avenues, be it Online or other, it is easy to get taken advantage of and spend money on something that won’t work. Groups that offer this only hurt the parents, the children with scoliosis and the medical community.”

One such center provides examples of successful treatments accomplished through its eight years in service. But, Camp points out, while they have these examples, it is hard to tell if the patients ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos are the same people and the three cases the group documents simply shows X-rays, along with naked backs.

The Center claims it treats scoliosis patients through a unique method of vibration and decompression of the spine, spinal manipulation, isometric gymnastics, massage therapy, acupressure, nutritional therapy, electrical stimulation, thermal-magnet-therapy, bio-feedback and bio-mechanical correction of lifestyles.

“Even the successful cases they document, there is little change from the original photo to the photo following treatment,” said Camp. “Traditional treatment would provide a complete or near complete correction to the spine rather than the outcomes they have achieved.”

Camp provides an open door with his patients—if they research and find information on alternative treatments, he sits with them and goes over it in detail, explaining to them fact versus fiction.

“There is such a prevailing distrust in the medical community because of groups claiming bogus methods for treatment,” he said. “It is a common misconception that the medical community has an axe to grind with alternative medical treatments because of a financial interest. The truth is, if it works, we will use it.”

In the meantime, Camp advises parents questioning alternative treatments to consult with their doctors before deciding to utilize anything other than what is recommended.

“The majority of the time, these claims are false,” he said. “Not only that, they are immoral, unethical and wastes patients time while they get worse.”

Jonathan Camp, MD, is a pediatric spine surgeon at Children’s Bone and Spine Surgery, at 1525 E. Windmill Lane, Ste. 201 and 9050 W. Cheyene, Suite 201. With more than 30 years of experience in pediatric spine focused on scoliosis, he is certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of numerous prestigious organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society and the Nevada Medical Association. Camp is a fellow in the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics (Orthopaedic Subsection). For more information call (702) 434-6920 or go to


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