Scoliosis is a condition in which an individual's spine has lateral, or side to side curvature. Although scoliosis is a three-dimensional deformity, on an x-ray, scoliosis curves can often look like a simple “S” or a “C” shape.
Scoliosis curves can actually occur at many levels of the spine such as; the cervical/neck region, thoracic/rib region and lumbar/low back region, as well as occurring at multiple regions in the same individual.
Some patterns are more common than others, but hardly ever are two scoliosis patients' spines identical. most often, around 80-85% of scoliosis cases are idiopathic (meaning the cause is unknown). Idiopathic scoliosis can be broken down into more subcategories as infantile, juvenile, adolescent, or adult depending on when onset occurred.
80-85% of all scoliosis cases are Idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. Subcategories of Idiopathic scoliosis are infantile, juvenile, adolescent, or adult and are determined by when onset of scoliosis occurred.
Scoliosis can also be classified as congenital or neuromuscular. Congenital being caused by vertebral anomalies that occur during embryological development and may be accompanied by other organ anomalies. Neuromuscular is where scoliosis is a secondary symptom of another condition such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and others.
Degrees of Scoliosis?
The CLEAR™ methodology offers the only mild scoliosis treatment program available today. CLEAR’s program is non-invasive, pro-active and is specifically designed to address the treatment needs of patients with a developing scoliosis condition. The CLEAR™ program has corrected thousands of mild scoliosis curves. Enrolling your son or daughter in our mild scoliosis treatment program will provide them with the best opportunity to reduce and stabilize their spinal curve before it progresses. Contact our office today to learn more about mild scoliosis treatment options or to schedule your initial consultation, 305-705-0777. Back to top
For moderate scoliosis curves, bracing is still the most common treatment method recommended. While many doctors in the US still recommend a soft or rigid brace to halt the curve progression, recent scientific studies question the effectiveness of this practice. In some cases, the forced correction of a brace actually causes an increase in patient’s rib deformity, commonly known as a rib hump. Even if a brace is successful and does not increase deformity, all benefit is lost once the brace is removed. Overall, a 2007 article for the journal, Spine, graded bracing as a “D” for ability to halt curve progression. Both patients and researchers agree that we need a better system.
The CLEAR™ program is developed as a safe, effective alternate to bracing. The moderate scoliosis protocol is well tolerated by virtually all patients regardless of age, and not only can it stabilize the scoliosis but achieve considerable scoliosis reduction as well. Contact our office today to learn more about moderate scoliosis treatment options or to schedule your initial consultation, 305-705-0777. Back to top
Scoliosis is a very serious condition and spinal curves that progress beyond 40 degrees are often recommended for multiple level spinal fusion surgery. While scoliosis surgery has improved over the past several decades, choosing surgery is never easy, and many patients find that the risks and poor treatment outcomes make this a last resort.
Contact our office today to learn more about severe scoliosis treatment options or to schedule your initial consultation, 305-705-0777. Back to top