5 Things to Know Before Choosing Your Scoliosis Treatment Provider

5 Things to Know Before Choosing Your Scoliosis Treatment Provider

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC 5 Things To Know Before Choosing Your Scoliosis Treatment Provider Choosing a scoliosis treatment provider is a difficult task. There are multiple types of treatment options all claiming to be better than the other. Many treatments are expensive, some treatments look extremely painful, other treatments look like they’re a huge time commitment, and others

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What is the Difference Between Scheuermann’s Hyperkyphosis and Scoliosis

What is the Difference Between Scheuermann’s Hyperkyphosis and Scoliosis

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC One frequentl;y asked question we encounter from patients' is what is the difference between scoliosis and kyphosis? Well, 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

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Can Chiropractic Help, Fix, or Cure Scoliosis?

Can Chiropractic Help, Fix, or Cure Scoliosis?

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC 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

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Does Scoliosis Surgery Hurt?

Does Scoliosis Surgery Hurt? Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC Many patients with scoliosis who are considering ask the question does scoliosis surgery hurt? What levels of pain are to be expected with spinal fusion surgery and how long can you expect the pain to last during recovery? Despite what many surgeons may immediately tell you, scientific studies have been

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Scoliosis Spinal Fusion Surgery: What to expect

Scoliosis Spinal Fusion Surgery: What to expect

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC 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

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Can Scoliosis Surgery Kill You?

Can Scoliosis Surgery Kill You? Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC Two common questions frequently arise when someone first learns about scoliosis and the available treatment options: Can scoliosis kill you; and can scoliosis surgery kill you? While scoliosis itself cannot kill you by itself (some types of scoliosis also have additional health issues), scoliosis surgery can have significant risks

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Can Scoliosis Be Cured Without Surgery?

Can Scoliosis Be Cured Without Surgery?

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC 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

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What is Adolescent  Idiopathic Scoliosis?

What is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis?

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC 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

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

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

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC 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

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Are Your Bones a Hormonal Organ?

Are Your Bones a Hormonal Organ?

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Lepp, DC Teens, Scoliosis, and Delayed Menarche It is common for adolescent girls with scoliosis (idiopathic) to have delayed menarche (beginning of their menstrual cycle). Why is this? How are hormones, teens and scoliosis related? One theory promotes the idea that as estrogen is increased during menarche, bone growth is stimulated, but spinal cord growth (and

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