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. Perhaps worst of all, we’ve heard of patients prescribed rigid braces, or told to “wait and watch.” Too often these cases lead to the need for spinal fusion surgery. We know that there are instances where surgery is necessary to prevent damage to vital organs.
In many cases we offer hope through a proven method of correction using the SpineCor Brace. With dynamic scoliosis bracing, we can treat scoliosis in a way that empowers most patients to avoid the scars, pain and follow-up surgeries that come with a surgical approach to scoliosis treatment.
We Encourage Patients to Explore Their Options, But Use Common Sense
Boot Camps/2-Week Intensives
When researching 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. Therefore, you should be highly skeptical of scoliosis treatments that boast of significant, sustained correction following only two weeks of treatment. It is just not possible. If you or your loved one is already participating 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 will only illustrate short-term correction immediately following the last intensive treatment.
We encourage you to consult with your Orthopedic Surgeon prior to beginning any intensive treatment, such as scoliosis boot camps. The reason is simple – these 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) and is very expensive. The method is extremely dangerous in adolescents who are still growing. Scoliosis is a disorder that progresses with growth. How can a two-week “boot camp” 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.
On the surface, it seems logical that a rigid brace, such as the Boston brace, or the Milwaukee Brace (see recent study) should help to stabilize scoliosis. Although it might stabilize the spine initially, it simultaneously can inhibit natural muscular activity, which can lead 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. 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.
Spinal Fusion Surgery
We are baffled by how many Orthopedists are prescribing surgery following unsuccessful treatment 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, surgery should be a choice of last resort for treating the disorder. First of all, it is common for a patient to be prescribed a rigid brace as the main option 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. Why aren’t they 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 and has a long recovery period. It often requires follow-up surgeries and correction. Patients commonly are left to deal with complications of surgical scoliosis treatment. These include 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
We have been seeing REAL success in correcting scoliosis in children and curbing the painful effects of scoliosis in adults for more than 20 years. I’m going to ask you to consider the “too good to be true” rule, once again. 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 determined which method is more likely to provide long-term correction. Flexibility is another reason SpineCor is superior to other scoliosis braces. This leads to treatment success in two main ways: First of all, SpineCor is a soft brace that can be worn undetected beneath clothing. This makes it more likely that patients will comply 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 in support of 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.
We want to get the word out to all scoliosis sufferers. If you are needing a non-surgical scoliosis treatment, speak to one of our certified SpineCor doctors. Simply fill out a contact form or call us at one of the toll-free numbers above.