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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Silicon Valley Method: A Comprehensive Nonsurgical Scoliosis Treatment

The Silicon Valley Method: Scoliosis Treatment Without SurgeryThe Silicon Valley MethodTM is a comprehensive non-surgical treatment plan for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis used by Scoliosis Care CentersTM to treat scoliosis and help straighten the spine. Contact Our Clinic Today A back brace for scoliosis is typically used for non-surgical treatment. However, in order to ensure that your case of scoliosis grows straighter, there are 5 key problems that must be solved.

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Scoliosis Brace of Silicon Valley

SCOLIOSIS BRACING REVOLUTIONIZEDHold the spine straight with the Silicon Valley BraceTMThe Data is Conclusive: Scoliosis Bracing Works. Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC Scoliosis bracing especially works if: The brace is a corrective one - An effective scoliosis back brace does not merely hold the existing curve in place, rather it pushes the spine straighter. Of course, the better a

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Scoliosis Flexibility Trainer

RELEASE CONTRACTURES THAT CAUSE STIFFNESS Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC Inflexibility of the spine (stiffness), caused by contractures, is one of the main limiting factors when trying to straighten a curve. Contractures occur when the spine remains in the scoliotic posture and never gets a chance to exercise its full normal range of motion.  If the joints of the spine

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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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Autism and Scoliosis: Is There a Connection?

Autism and Scoliosis: Is There a Connection?

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

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Revolutionizing Scoliosis Treatment With Standing MRI

Revolutionizing Scoliosis Treatment With Standing MRI

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC 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 scoliosis 1,2.  Various efforts have been made to address the risk of over-exposure to radiation; the most

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Careful Observation of Scoliosis Progress with Standing MRI and Emerging Technologies

CAREFUL OBSERVATION OF SCOLIOSIS PROGRESS WITH STANDING MRIWe use 100% radiation-free standing MRI in place of X-Rays for monitoring our patient’s treatment progress and Cobb angles. Here are 3 ways MRI helps improve your care: 1. Quarterly (every 3 months) Standing Scoliosis MRI imaging: We obtain spinal scoliosis MRIs of our patient's Cobb angle measures every three months. Because scoliosis can worsen in a matter of months during a growth

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Treating Adolescent Scoliosis Without A Brace Deemed UNETHICAL

Treating Adolescent Scoliosis Without A Brace Deemed UNETHICAL

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

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7 Ways to Make Your Non-Surgical Scoliosis Improvement Last

7 Ways to Make Your Non-Surgical Scoliosis Improvement Last

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Janzen, DC How can I make my scoliosis curve reduction gained from treatment 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 parents hear stories of a child going to a clinic to receive

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