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?

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?

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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Revolutionizing Scoliosis Treatment With Standing MRI

May 16, 2018

Have you ever had a concern about over-exposure to X-rays in your child or teen with scoliosis?  This concern is a valid one, as studies have shown an increased risk of cancer from X-ray exposures taken for scoliosis1,2.  Various efforts have been made to address the risk of over-exposure to radiation; the most immediate of “solutions” has been this:  Take fewer X-rays.3 The Problem with Scoliosis X-Rays While taking fewer

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Treating Adolescent Scoliosis Without A Brace Deemed UNETHICAL

May 2, 2018

There are a lot of mixed opinions out there about whether or not braces are valuable in the treatment of scoliosis.   Some conservative treatment methods still tout in their advertising that “No Braces” are necessary, or that bracing is outdated or even harmful.  Many orthopedic surgeons seem to have little confidence in the ability of a brace to help, and may recommend them with a “fingers-crossed” attitude of “maybe we’ll

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7 Ways to Make Your Non-Surgical Scoliosis Improvement Last

April 20, 2018

A common concern of many parents who come to our clinic is "Will the changes last?".  Meaning, "If my child's spine grows straighter, what will make it stay that way?" Maybe a parent heard a story of a child going to a clinic to receive care where child's spine improves, however, the improvement was only temporary and the scoliosis returned in greater severity.  These stories are real, and we have

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Are Wrong Beliefs About Scoliosis Hurting Our Children?

April 4, 2018

Childhood scoliosis has no known cause and no cure – or so most doctors believe.  As a result of this belief, when a diagnosis of scoliosis is made, little to nothing is done to try to understand or to stop the process.  The standard course of action has become simply to “wait and see – observation only until surgery might be necessary.”  In practice, this means to take an X-ray

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Eliminating X-rays for Scoliosis Treatment by Using Standing MRI

April 2, 2018

When you have a child with scoliosis what typically happens, if you’re lucky, it gets caught before it needs surgery. And the parent ends up at the pediatrician’s office, which usually refers them to the orthopedist’s office, and the orthopedic surgeon really has no game plan unless they need surgery. So he says, “We’re going to just keep an eye on it”. Then they are going to worry for a

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