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

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

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?

Are Your Bones a Hormonal Organ?

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?

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

Revolutionizing Scoliosis Treatment With Standing MRI

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

Treating Adolescent Scoliosis Without A Brace Deemed UNETHICAL

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

7 Ways to Make Your Non-Surgical Scoliosis Improvement Last

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?

Are Wrong Beliefs About Scoliosis Hurting Our Children?

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

Eliminating X-rays for Scoliosis Treatment by Using Standing MRI

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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Beating Scoliosis Without Surgery

Beating Scoliosis Without Surgery

Josie's Scoliosis Success Story Josie is a classic example of a scoliosis success story here at Scoliosis Care CentersTM. Josie is now 15-year-old who was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 9. After being diagnosed, She took the all too common "wait and see" approach for one year. Then Josie's scoliosis worsened to a more severe curve of 39°, just below surgery range. Both Josie and her mom, Darci, wanted

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Scoliosis Bracing is Beautiful

Scoliosis Bracing is Beautiful

Sometimes when you have scoliosis, it can feel like it's taking over your whole life. Especially when you are doing one of the tried and true methods for therapy - scoliosis bracing. A scoliosis brace is an adjustment that takes some getting used to. Not only can it be a tight fit, it can get hot and also make you feel like you can't eat quite as much. Despite these

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