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"A Better Way" to Treat Scoliosis

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The current standard of care for scoliosis is "observation only" for mild scoliosis (10-25 degrees), bracing for moderate size curves (25-40 degrees), and multi-level spinal fusion surgery for severe scoliosis (40+ degrees).  Observation only isn't treatment, it's just waiting for the curve to get worse, bracing for scoliosis has been shown time and time again in study after study to have no effect on scoliosis or reduce the "need" for surgery. 

The long-term complications of scoliosis surgery are extraordinarily high (Some studies have found 40-50% surgical failure rates) of those who are treated surgically within 20 years post spinal fusion surgery operation.  So basically, the patient's options are 1) do nothing, 2) wear a worthless and uncomfortable brace which as the same effect as doing nothing, 3) opt for a highly invasive spinal fusion surgery with a very high long-term failure rate that is primarily indicated for cosmetic improvement and not "medically necessary".  Our program can be implemented at any curve size, it is non-invasive, and provides the patient with an active, long-term solution that allows them to become self sufficient over time.

Our program focuses on an exercise base approach that targets the re-training of the automatic postural control centers in the hind brain.  The brain can actually "learn" how to hold the spine in a straighter position over time automatically.  It generally takes at least 4-6 months for daily rehab (usually two 15 min. sessions a day) for this to take place and some patients do need to continue for an additional 4-6 months depending on how quickly their spinal curve begins to stabilize.

A typical idiopathic scoliosis patient will experience curve reduction through this treatment process, but the added value to reduce/eliminate the risk of adulthood progression, pain reduction, cosmetic improvement, and increase breathing capacity.

Every scoliosis case is unique in its own way, so most parents/patients end up emailing one of our doctors a picture of the most recent x-rays and scheduling a free phone consult to discuss if they are a candidate for the program, answer questions, and treatment expectations. 

The is a desperate need to find "a better way" to treat scoliosis and we feel the best opportunity to do just that lies in a scoliosis exercise based treatment methodology.

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