Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update to Our Patients and Their Families

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update to Our Patients and Their Families

This page was last updated Friday March 20, 2020 by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD Santa Clara county and other counties in the Bay Area have issued a shelter-in-place order for all non-essential businesses: "Essential services are defined as those necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community. All Santa Clara County hospitals and health clinics continue to remain open." Our most recent announcement and update can be

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Kyphosis

Kyphosis and Hyperkyphosis Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on March 10, 2020. First published February 20, 2020. If you open the dictionary, kyphosis is defined as the exaggerated outward curvature of the the thoracic region of the spine which results in a rounded upper back. You may have also heard kyphosis, especially hyperkyphosis (more severe

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Is scoliosis hereditary, genetic, or both?

Is scoliosis hereditary, genetic, or both?

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on March 10, 2020. Genetic testing seems to be all the rage right now with Ancestry, 23andMe and many other providing insight into your family history and health using genetic testing. But what does it mean for a disease or problem to be genetic? Is scoliosis hereditary or is it

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Scoliosis Surgical Risk Calculator

Scoliosis Surgical Risk Calculator

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on February 27, 2020. First published December 14, 2019. What This Calculator Does There are two major questions everyone asks about their child's scoliosis curve: will the curve get worse, and will the curve get worse enough that it requires surgery. Based on the most current research, you can estimate

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Why Does Scoliosis Get Worse With Growth?

Why Does Scoliosis Get Worse With Growth?

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on March 10, 2020. For children with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, both parents and kids with a curve will worry whether or not the curve will get larger and worsen over time. Worrying about a curve progressing is completely understandable as many curves rapidly get worse as a child grows, especially

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Curve Correction Program For Children & Teens

Comprehensive Curve Correction Program For Children and Teens The comprehensive curve correction program for children and teens is specifically designed to attain as much straightening of the spine as possible without surgery.  This straightening is attained through the Silicon Valley Scoliosis Method for curve correction.  The goal with this program is not merely preventing worsening, rather it is to attain maximum reduction and straightening of the spine.  If preventing the

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Nerve Tension and Scoliosis

Nerve Tension and Scoliosis Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on February 27, 2020. First published November 6, 2019. Scoliosis has been treated for centuries, with some of the first treatments being described in the 5th century BC by Hippocrates. Yet despite over 2000 years of history the cause of scoliosis, in particular idiopathic scoliosis has

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Scoliosis Brace Treatment

Scoliosis Brace Treatment You or your child has been diagnosed with scoliosis, and you know you will need a brace for treatment. But which brace is the best for you or your child's curve? Using the correct brace can mean the difference between bracing success and failure. Additionally, bracing is the only scientifically proven non-surgical treatment for curves 25º and above. The Silicon Valley BraceTM The Silicon Valley BraceTM is

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Do the effects of bracing last?

Do the effects of bracing last?

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on February 27, 2020. First published October 16, 2019. For someone who has been diagnosed with scoliosis, or for parents who just learned their child has scoliosis, the topic of bracing can be an emotional one. Considering the amount of time and money that goes into making and wearing a

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Fact Checking Scoliosis

Fact Checking Scoliosis

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on February 27, 2020. First published October 16, 2019. Whether you, your child, your friend, or your family member has scoliosis, the first place people go when they need to learn about something is online. Even for someone without scoliosis who wants to learn more, perhaps during scoliosis awareness month,

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