Dr. Brian Dovorany
Dr. Dovorany is a former lead instructor for the CLEAR® Scoliosis Institute and has since expanded his treatment procedures to include other supportive alternatives. Dr. Dovorany is the developer of the patent pending TorsoTrainer™ and Scoliosis Cantilever™ which are currently being evaluated for research purposes. Dr. Dovorany practices in Wisconsin, has lectured internationally, and sees scoliosis patients from around the world.
"As clinicians who work daily with kids with scoliosis we understand that our job is to: halt progression, reduce the curvature, and stabilize your child's spine giving you peace of mind that you are doing everything possible for your son or daughter's condition. We also understand as a parents and fathers of daughters that our program must not disrupt their schedule, require little motivation from you, and not create a negative self image." Dr Dovorany & Stitzel
The early detection and treatment of scoliosis is essential to minimize the affects of this condition and provide patients with healthcare options that are less expensive, less painful and less invasive. Most scoliosis spine specialists agree that surgery should be a last resort and efforts should be taken to keep the curve from reaching 45 degrees.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette talks with people from a variety of business disciplines each week in its Saturday conversation feature.
This week we talk with Dr. Brian Dovorany, chiropractor with Posture and Spine Care Center in Allouez. Dovorany recently lectured in the United Kingdom on scoliosis therapy developed by the Chiropractic Leadership, Educational Advancement & Research Institute.
ALLOUEZ -- A local doctor is attempting to set the record straight on scoliosis treatment in Wisconsin.
For decades, the only treatment for the neuromuscular system disease was surgery or intensive back bracing for up to 23 hours a day. But Dr. Brian Dovorany, of the Posture and Spine Care Center, said a new scoliosis treatment offers patients an alternative. It combines vibration and adjustment therapy while retraining the position and orientation of the body.
"20/25 vision" – The ongoing post treatment plan until skeletal maturity"
The treatment goals for an early stage scoliosis intervention program should be to hold the curvature under 20 degrees during the growing years and have the curvature measure no more than 25 degrees by the time the patient reaches skeletal maturity."
According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, Scoliosis affects 2-3 percent of the population, or an estimated 6 to 9 million people in the United States. Scoliosis can develop in infancy or early childhood. However, the primary age of onset for scoliosis is 10-15 years old, occurring equally among both genders. Females, however, are eight times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude that requires treatment. Every year, scoliosis patients make more than 600,000 visits to private physician offices, an estimated 30,000 children are fitted with a brace, and 38,000 patients undergo scoliosis fusion surgery.
Scoliosis brace treatment is routinely prescribed for children ages 10-15 with idiopathic scoliosis measuring more than 25 degrees but less than 45 degrees. The most common type of brace used in the United States is the Boston Brace a type of TLSO (thoracolumbarsacralorthosis) which is a symmetrical plastic brace that uses pads that push against the ribcage, pelvis, and hip joint to force the spine straighter. The Boston Brace originated in the 1970's based on discover that when the supra-structure was eliminated from the Milwaukee brace better x-ray correction was observed.
The differences between scoliosis bootcamp and chiropractic care are so profound that calling scoliosis treatment "bootcamp style" a chiropractic visit is like calling a root canal a teeth cleaning, both performed in a dental office but completely different procedures. Let's set the record straight, chiropractic care does not have any ability to reduce or stabilize idiopathic scoliosis. Physical therapy doesn't have any ability to reduce idiopathic scoliosis either. So scoliosis bootcamp is not chiropractic in the traditional sense or physical therapy.
Traditional modes of scoliosis treatment using exercises often involve things like stretching, core strengthening, postural shifting, and breathing. The interesting thing with all of these scoliosis treatment modalities is that if you were to perform everyone of these consistently for months you could not give yourself a scoliosis. If were to wear a scoliosis brace that caused my spine to be crooked on an x-ray and wore it for 20 hours daily for 3 months it wouldn't give me scoliosis.
Most people understand the word "exercise" and by definition it means any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. We often create a mental picture when we see a term or hear a word spoken. When we see the word exercise we immediately form an image of what that is. So what image pops in your head when you hear or see the term scoliosis exercises in regards to treatment for yourself or child? This is a very interesting thing because when surveyed, about 90% of you create a picture similar to a fitness class like yoga or pilates. This makes sense because you are going off of your computer files, not literally your computer but rather your brains image files and knowledge base primarily formed through life experiences.
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