Frequently Asked Questions
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How much does Scoliosis Care Centers cost?
The cost of treatment at the Scoliosis Care Centers is entirely dependent on the case. What is included in the program, the duration, and the amount of follow up is all added up into a carefully determined cost break-down that is provided to each individual based on their case. Fill out the contact form with you or your child’s latest x-rays to have our doctor’s create a treatment plan with a cost estimate attached!
Do we treat adults with scoliosis?
Here at Scoliosis Care Centers, we provide nonsurgical treatment through the entire life-cycle of scoliosis. We have a dedicated team that focuses exclusively on enabling adults to live unhindered by their scoliosis. Read more on our Adult Scoliosis Page.
What are the hotel/accommodation options if I am attending the Care Centers?
Check out our accommodations page for more information on places to stay during our treatment program. Our patients get a 15% discount at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Pruneyard while they see us for treatment and patients who stay at the Courtyard Marriott in Campbell receive a 10% discount when they book in advance!
Is lunch provided during treatment?
Scoliosis Care Centers Enrollees will have one hour for lunch that they can either bring with them to the health center and store in our fridge or they can head out into Campbell for lunch on all days except for Pizza Day Thursday when the patients get out earlier and have some pizza!
How soon should we start noticing the permanent changes?
Around the 6 or 9 month mark, the doctors will be able to evaluate how effective the intensive treatment is and how permanent results are forming.
Why do you use hard braces? Don’t they make scoliosis worse?
Some braces are poorly designed, and improperly fit to the patient’s body. Other braces, like our Silicon Valley brace here at Scoliosis Care Centers, have excellent design characteristics and can be highly corrective when fit by a skilled specialist. Read more about bracing effectiveness and how braces contribute to success by clicking here!
With cases that are in surgical range, what are the factors you consider when giving advise?
There are cases where the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks. When reviewing surgical range cases size of curve, rate of progression, health of patient, and a patient’s ability to succeed with conservative protocols are some factors we discuss with patients and parents as they decide the pros and cons of surgery and personally decide whether or not to take the risk. In cases where surgery is not an option due to another medical condition or syndrome where non-surgical treatment becomes your only choice, we have worked with patients to put a plan together to manage their care.
How many X-rays are taken and do you use lead protection to limit exposure?
We do need to take images in order to properly treat the scoliosis. We start with a baseline x-ray to determine what type of curve we are dealing with and get the latest measurement. If the patient brings in a current x-ray from another clinic, we can usually use that one. After that, there are approximately 3 other x-rays that might need to be taken during the 2-4 week long Scoliosis Care Centers treatment program. These are for the purpose of making sure the Home Program is pushing the spine toward neutral and not collapsing any of the curves. Every patient is different, there is really no “packaged” treatment plan, and each treatment must be tested.
We make every effort to limit the x-ray exposure to the patient with each shot. First, we take the x-ray at approximately 1/10th the milli-Amp dose of regular x-ray shots of the same body parts…using the digital software to enhance the picture of the spine. Although a little less quality of an x-ray, the films are still of diagnostic quality for Cobb angle checks and significantly reduce the exposure to the patient. Second, we use lead to shield the breast tissue, thyroid and gonads (ovaries or testes). Third, we face the patients back to the x-ray, creating a natural barrier to the more radio-sensitive tissues in females that are found in the front of the patient.
By using all of these methods to reduce exposure, all the x-rays that we take combined over a patients entire period of treatment with us will usually be much less than the one x-ray taken by the standard medical clinic. Reminder that all of the radiation doses combined at our office are still less than the patient taking a flight from California to New York.
What’s the success rate?
Check out our scoliosis success page to read about what kind of goals we are able to reach with our program and what kind of realistic goals we have for every case. To get an idea of what success you could have with your or your child’s case here at Scoliosis Care Centers fill out a contact form with your case information!
What is the largest Cobb angle that you have managed at the Scoliosis Care Centers?
We have helped give patients the management tools to help live a functional and pain free life with Cobb angles over 130 degrees.