What is the Difference Between Scheuermann’s Hyperkyphosis and Scoliosis

What is the Difference Between Scheuermann’s Hyperkyphosis and Scoliosis

September 18, 2018

Scoliosis and kyphosis both refer to some kind of abnormal curvature of the spine that can lead to discomfort and pain if the situation is severe enough. However, while they are both conditions that affect the spine, there are some differences between the two that are worth noting. Scoliosis Scoliosis is a spinal condition that presents as a lateral bend in the spine along with vertebrae that have twisted out

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Can Chiropractic Help, Fix, or Cure Scoliosis?

Can Chiropractic Help, Fix, or Cure Scoliosis?

September 6, 2018

While chiropractic adjustments may be effective for the reduction of pain in scoliosis, they generally are not effective in the correction of the curvature of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. 1,2  Attempting to rely solely on chiropractic adjustments for the treatment of a childhood scoliosis can potentially lead to harm, as idiopathic scoliosis can rapidly worsen during the child's peak rates of growth if a brace is not worn.3  Highly corrective 3-D

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What to Expect with Spinal Fusion Surgery

What to Expect with Spinal Fusion Surgery

August 16, 2018

Scoliosis surgery is often recommended when the scoliosis Cobb angle reaches or exceeds 40 degrees. The most common and widely prescribed surgery is spinal fusion surgery. As tempting as it might be, it is important to remember that there is no quick fix for scoliosis, surgically or non-surgically. What is Spinal Fusion Surgery? Spinal fusion surgery is the most invasive scoliosis treatment of all of the options available. It entails

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Can Scoliosis Be Cured Without Surgery?

Can Scoliosis Be Cured Without Surgery?

August 8, 2018

Many cases of idiopathic scoliosis can be cured without surgery.  Since scoliosis is defined as a lateral deviation of the spine exceeding 10 degrees, a cure is considered to be any treatment that is able to reduce scoliosis to under 10 degrees.  Key factors in the curability of scoliosis are the size of the curve and the effectiveness of the treatment.  When utilizing the Silicon Valley Scoliosis Method, smaller curves

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Early-Detection Scoliosis Screening Program Leading to Better Results for Kids at Risk

Early-Detection Scoliosis Screening Program Leading to Better Results for Kids at Risk

August 1, 2018

It has long been believed that the earlier scoliosis can be caught, the better the possibility of preventing the need for invasive surgery.  Recent research has indicated dramatic success with scoliosis curves when they are caught and treated before they reach 30 degrees.  The success rate of our clinic is 100% for the curves under 30 degrees avoiding the need for surgery. Failed Screening Efforts of the Past The goal

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Groundbreaking Study Finds Stable, Long-Term Reductions Of Scoliosis Curves With Non-Surgical Treatment!

Groundbreaking Study Finds Stable, Long-Term Reductions Of Scoliosis Curves With Non-Surgical Treatment!

July 12, 2018

Nothing can straighten a scoliosis curve except surgery, right?  After considering the invasiveness of such surgeries, patients, or their parents, often seek out alternative forms of treatment in spite of being told nothing else will work.  Many are simply looking for hope: Anything that could help their child avoid surgery.  Treatment alternatives, such as scoliosis boot camps, have popped up over the past years.  Some are claiming amazing results with

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What is Adolescent  Idiopathic Scoliosis?

What is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis?

July 5, 2018

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is an abnormal curvature of the spine exceeding 10 degrees, diagnosed in adolescence and in which the cause is unknown.  The deformity occurs with rotational misalignment, often marked by a hump in the ribs or low back, as well as loss of the normal sagittal curves of the spine. • Adolescent: The diagnosis is made in adolescence. • Idiopathic: The reason for the scoliosis has not yet

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Scoliosis X-rays and Your Brace: How Long Should the Brace Be off Before Your Next Scoliosis X-Ray (or Standing MRI)?

June 27, 2018

A common practice in scoliosis management is to measure the progress of the scoliosis curve by taking a full spine X-ray. When a patient wears a scoliosis brace, they will typically be instructed by the orthopedic surgeon to take it off for 24 hours prior to receiving their next X-ray. But what should we do if you are supposed to be wearing the brace 23 hours per day? Will it

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Are Your Bones a Hormonal Organ?

June 8, 2018

It is common for adolescent girls with idiopathic scoliosis to have delayed menarche (beginning of their menstrual cycle). Why is this? One theory promotes the idea that as estrogen is increased during menarche, bone growth is stimulated, but spinal cord growth (and flexibility) may not be. If spinal-cord tension already exists as the main mechanism driving a girl’s scoliosis, bones that suddenly grow at a more rapid rate could significantly

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Autism and Scoliosis: Is There a Connection?

Autism and Scoliosis: Is There a Connection?

June 1, 2018

Scoliosis occurs more commonly in females1; autism spectrum disorders (ASD) tend to occur more readily in males3.  Based on this opposite distribution among genders, it could sound like the two conditions are completely unrelated.  However, of the male clients that present to our office with scoliosis, an abnormally high percentage of them are on the autism spectrum.  Our estimate is as high as one in four to one in three

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