"According to the International Scoliosis Society, one out of every nine females have some sign of scoliosis." - Silent Epidemic
If your child has been diagnosed with scoliosis, you probably have a few questions. What is scoliosis, and will my child need surgery to correct the problem? Scoliosis is a muscular disorder in which the spine curves abnormally to the left or right into a "C" or "S" figure. An x-ray diagnoses this, and any curve over 10 degrees is considered scoliosis. Approximately 80% of scoliosis cases are idiopathic, meaning doctors don't know what caused the curvature.
What is scoliosis?
We recognize that scoliosis is a complex spinal disorder, and the evaluation and treatment protocols we have developed reflect this fact. We utilize an advanced system of three-dimensional scanner analysis to customize each treatment plan according to the exact needs of the individual. All chiropractic adjustments, scoliosis exercises, and other therapies are prescribed according to each patient’s unique spinal configuration.
Before scoliosis treatment, our doctor performs a detailed physical examination that is designed to assess every aspect of the patient’s health. It includes:
Posture and appearance analysis
Various orthopaedic tests
X-ray (Cobb angle)
Every aspect of the person with scoliosis is important to us. Re-examinations are scheduled at least every six months, and regular x-ray are taken to monitor the scoliosis and the results of care.
Our traditional and general chiropractic has mixed results in scoliosis treatment; scoliosis-specific chiropractic care can be highly effective. As scoliosis chiropractors, we know the spine, and we know scoliosis. When these two understandings meet and are applied in the form of proactive treatment, amazing results can be achieved.
Scoliosis-specific exercises play an integral role in strengthening the spine and increasing core strength, making the spine’s surrounding muscles better equipped to support and stabilizing it. These exercises are self-correcting and customized to each patient based on ability, spinal flexibility, curvature type, and severity. These exercises are active and movement-based and can include isometric and reflexive exercises.
3D Balance Brace
Our end goal of the 3D balance brace is not to stop progression but to correct the abnormal curvature. This can help achieve a curvature reduction while preserving the overall health and function of the spine. Using a 3D balance brace, the patient is scanned, so the brace is fully bespoke to its wearer, making it more comfortable and improving the chances of compliance.
Other forms of proactive scoliosis-specific treatment like chiropractic care, in-office therapy, custom-prescribed home exercises, and 3D bracing can help achieve amazing results that reduce the curve and preserve the spine’s overall health and function.
Scoliosis Treatment Methods
Observation for Scoliosis
Chiropractic mobilization therapy
Scoliosis muscle stimulation therapy
Three phase exercises plan 3D Scoliosis Brace
The benefit of Scoliosis Treatment
Stronger core and back
Realignment of the spine Improved posture
Prevention of the curve from getting worse
Improved heart and lung function
How do we treat Scoliosis?
Our treatment is different from traditional chiropractic care for scoliosis. Our approach was designed specifically to help people with scoliosis. Since scoliosis is a multifactorial condition, our treatment protocol is designed to address many different factors simultaneously.
Our treatment includes:
Chiropractic spinal adjustments
Physiotherapies (Flexion & Distraction)
3D Scoliosis Brace >15 degrees
Length of scoliosis treatment
The average length of a typical scoliosis treatment visit is about 30 minutes. Therapies such as flexion and distraction are performed first to help loosen up the spine and prepare it for chiropractic adjustments. After the adjustments, additional therapies such as strengthening exercises and balance training exercises therapies are prescribed to be performed by the patient at home on a regular basis.
If your child's spinal curve is greater than 20 degrees, your doctor might suggest a custom-made brace. This is most typically prescribed for patients with curvatures greater than 25-30 degrees with significant skeletal growth remaining. A health care professional called an orthotist makes the brace, working closely with your doctor to ensure correct fit and comfort. The goal of bracing is not to correct the curvature but to prevent a spinal curvature from worsening as the patient grows.