Providing Scoliosis Treatment For More Than 20 Years
After providing scoliosis treatment for children and adults for more than twenty years, we’ve pretty much seen it all. We know that scoliosis never rests. It requires prompt action to halt progression in children, or to cease the growing pain and disability in adults. Sadly, we’ve seen patients fall for gimmicky solutions that look and sound great but result in disappointment or worse. Perhaps worst of all, we’ve heard of patients prescribed rigid braces, or told to “wait and watch.” Too often these cases lead to spinal fusion surgery. Instances where surgery is necessary to prevent damage to vital organs exist. But, in many cases we offer hope through a proven method of correction using the SpineCor Scoliosis Brace. With dynamic scoliosis bracing, we treat scoliosis in a way that allows most patients to avoid the scars, pain and follow-up surgeries that come with a surgical approach to scoliosis treatment.
Use Common Sense When Choosing Scoliosis Treatment
When seeking options for scoliosis treatment, remember that the “Too good to be true” rule applies. For example, you know that your scoliosis has taken months and/or years to develop and progress. You should be highly skeptical of scoliosis treatments that boast of significant, sustained correction following only two weeks. It is just not possible. If you or your loved one is already in one of these “boot camps,” it is likely that you will be given an x-ray after the final treatment which will be presented as proof of correction.
Note that this x-ray only illustrates short-term correction immediately following the last intensive treatment. Intensive, high-force tractions and exercises could destabilize the spine, leading to an increase in curvature once treatment ends. Besides the potential for destabilization, this method employs some rather intimidating high-force equipment (pictured below). It is also a method that initially appears inexpensive. After you sign up for your further treatment, it likely will be expensive. Most importantly, this method is extremely dangerous in children and adolescents who are still growing. Scoliosis is a disorder that progresses with growth. Ask yourself how a two-week “boot camp” can halt progression in a 10 year old with four more years of growth? There are no clinically-randomized studies that indicate this scoliosis treatment has any positive long-term outcome.
Rigid Braces Show Some Success, But Too Often Lead To Surgery
On the surface, it seems logical that a rigid brace, such as the Boston brace, should help to stabilize scoliosis. Although it might stabilize the spine initially, it simultaneously inhibits natural muscular activity, leading to varying degrees of muscle atrophy. In these instances, when the brace is removed, the muscles often fail to maintain any skeletal correction or stabilization that might have occurred due to the brace.
Patient Compliance Problems Lead To Much of Rigid Brace Failure
The results are usually disappointment and recommendations by your Orthopedist for spinal fusion surgery as the only remaining option. Another factor that reduces rigid brace success is lack of compliance – these bulky braces are difficult to hide beneath clothing and are extremely uncomfortable – wearing them for the prescribed daily hours is unlikely due to discomfort and embarrassment, or both.
Rigid braces, such as the bulky Boston and Milwaukee braces often result in muscle atrophy.
We are baffled, saddened and sometimes furious at how many Orthopedists are prescribing surgery following an unsuccessful attempt at correction with a rigid brace. We are not the only ones questioning their recommendations (Read article in MacLean’s). Spinal fusion surgery can be a life saver in cases of severe scoliosis, when a progressing curve is threatening normal function of vital organs. But, this surgery should be a choice of last resort for treating the disorder.
Why? First of all, it is common for a patient to be prescribed a rigid brace as a precursor or last resort prior to surgery. This is puzzling in light of the low success rate of rigid bracing. Orthopedists are aware of the low success rates. It is reasonable to question why they prescribed one in the first place, and why they aren’t recommending the SpineCor Dynamic Brace, instead. After all, SpineCor has the highest clinically-proven success rate of non-surgical methods.
Secondly, spinal fusion surgery is a very serious procedure. It is extremely invasive, has a long recovery period, and often requires follow-up surgeries and correction. Patients commonly are left to deal with lifelong complications of surgery, including additional surgeries, scars, pains and numbness.
Finally, as you can imagine, spinal fusion surgery is very expensive. There is often a better solution.
The SpineCor Dynamic Brace is a Proven Scoliosis Treatment Method
We have achieved REAL success in correcting scoliosis in children and curbing the painful effects of scoliosis in adults for more than 20 years. Patients committing to SpineCor will wear the brace 20 hours per day, commonly for an average period of 18-24 months depending on the severity of curvature, age of the patient, and other factors.
On the surface, that’s not as attractive as a two-week boot camp. But you’ve probably figured out which method is more likely to provide long-term correction. More information that will help you understand why SpineCor is superior to other scoliosis braces is that SpineCor is a flexible, or dynamic brace. This leads to treatment success in two main ways. First of all, SpineCor is a soft brace that can be hidden beneath clothing. These features lead to a high rate of patient compliance with prescribed in-brace hours. Also, unlike rigid braces, SpineCor allows for full-range motion.
Scoliosis Specialists Doctors treat both pediatric and adult SpineCor Brace System
This feature supports muscle strengthening, or muscle memory, that continues while the brace corrects the spinal curvature. In other words, SpineCor places patients’ spines in a corrected position while the patients’ activity and movement allows muscles to strengthen to support a corrected position.
We know first hand that SpineCor works. We’re not the only doctors who have seen SpineCor work effectively – check out the independent clinical studies. The horror stories we see and hear about spinal surgery, plus the failure and wasted investment in other methods, add to our desire to treat with SpineCor.
If you are needing a non-surgical scoliosis treatment, we encourage you to speak to one of our certified SpineCor doctors. Fill out a contact form or call us at one of the toll-free numbers above.