How We Measure Success
Scoliosis Care Centers has 4 primary goals for every scoliosis case
1. To stop curve progression at or before puberty (or possibly even reduce it)!
Adolescent scoliosis tends to rapidly progress during growth spurts.
See example #1: Unfortunately, we see many of these progressions before they reach our office. This has to stop!
See example #2: Some of our success stories show scoliosis curves with big reductions, but sometimes just staying stagnant can be a big success depending on the patient’s age and current stage of growth, like going through adolescent growth spurts for example. Looking at the disaster with example #1, would you be happy with the example #2 over a 15 month period through the growth spurt?
See example #3: Scoliosis is reduced and stable. This is an obvious example of success.
2. To prevent or treat respiratory dysfunction.
When the scoliosis deformity begins altering the shape of the rib cage , pressure may be placed on the heart , and lung capacity significantly reduced.
The loss of lung function and pressure on the heart represents one of the more serious consequences of scoliosis. Its prevention is one of the more critical reasons to begin an exercise-based form of scoliosis treatment. Below is an image of a case where lung and heart function can be affected.
3. To prevent or treat spinal pain syndromes.
Most adolescents with scoliosis do not experience significant pain, though some do. As adults however, it is unfortunately more common to have spinal pain syndromes. Taking action now as a child or adolescent can help prevent major problems as an adult. The smaller you can keep that scoliosis, the less “maintenance” your child will have to do for their spine as an adult.
4. To improve aesthetics via postural correction.
Let’s face it, looking good is a very real goal with treating scoliosis. Many teens worry about their rib-bump being noticeable, or a shoulder that is forward or too low. Improving aesthetics can be a huge bonus of getting on top of the scoliosis as soon as possible.
If you or your child have scoliosis, the riskiest thing you could do… is nothing. And how is the “Watch and Wait” approach much different than doing nothing?
The curve can get larger and larger, resulting in more pain, more discomfort, and more problems as the person ages. That is why it is very important to address the problem early on. Most children with mild scoliosis have curves of less than 20 degrees. The Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s leading orthopedic treatment and research centers, recommends regular checkups every four to six months to monitor progress. However, we have found waiting and monitoring, in many cases, results in a curve that gets worse. If a curve gets worse, it becomes much more difficult to treat and reduce.
We recommend treating the curve early on and not waiting. If we can induce the body and the spine to reestablish and maintain a straighter configuration early on, the chances of progression decrease greatly.
An effective curve reduction program depends upon these two simple strategies
1: Target the root cause. The primary driving force of the scoliosis is identified and neutralized.
2: 24/7 Scoliosis Correction. Hold the spine in a straighter position 24/7 through a combination of bracing, ADL posture training, scoliosis flexibility trainer, and effective neuro-muscular re-education exercises.
The opportunity to reduce a scoliosis exists for most adolescent cases. The “window of opportunity” is greatest when the curve is still flexible (caught early, and treatment started immediately). We are always working hard to help you push the limits of what is thought “possible”.