Scoliosis Develops when your brain fails to tell your muscles to correct the spine's posture. A new clinical study found ScoliSMART's treatment (re-training the automatic postural control centers in the brain) successfully stops progression and minimizes curves.
In our study, we saw that 97.3% of curves less than 50 degrees never required surgery, and 9 in 10 curves stabilized or improved!
The infographic below includes more results from the study we conducted, including information about the Risser Scale, scoliosis stage of intervention and how ScoliSMART programs work.
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The Earlier the Better
|Stage of intervention
· Curves: < 30°
· Risser: 0-2
|Likely to progress
· Curves: 30-49°
· Risser: 0-3
|Above surgical threshold
· Curves: 50°+
What’s the Risser Scale?
Measures skeletal maturity in 5 stages:
· 1—Pre-puberty or early puberty
· 2—Before or during growth spurt
· 3—Slowed growth
· 4—Nearly ceased growth
· 5—Skeletal maturity
How ScoliSMART Works
1. Specialized exercises trigger an automatic response in the body
2. New communication paths form between brain and muscles
3. Nutritional support boosts neurotransmitters, making treatment more effective
4. Repeated involuntary exercises become muscle memory
5. Spine learns to control (and reduce) its curvature
Full Time Bracing Compared to ScoliSMART
• BrAIST study: 72% success rate with 27% drop out rate
• ScoliSMART study: 97.3% success rate with only 13% drop out rate
• BrAIST intended 4 year follow-up, stopped data collection after only 2 years
• ScoliSMART average 2.5 year follow-up to skeletal maturity
Understanding Power Analysis
Power analysis is conducted to account for smaller sample sizes. Due to the small sample size in our study (60 patients), we utilized a well accepted statistical methodology called a "power analysis" where the standard margin of error is magnified to exclude "outlier" data that may skew the results. This is a common practice used in many studies with smaller sample sizes.
International Scientific Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT)
• Founded in 2006
• Brings scientists and clinicians together for conservative treatment of spinal deformities
Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
• Founded in 1996 with 35 members
Now includes more than 1,000 of the world’s leading spine surgeons, researchers and other practitioners