We provide concrete scoliosis treatment results for our patients. By re-examining range of motion, re-assessing lung function, taking updated posture pictures, and by using X-rays of the specific area of the scoliosis, I hold myself accountable to my patients. Scoliosis treatment results are based on all these things, along with concrete evidence of improved quality of life (reduced or eliminated pain).
Before and After
A typical result will yield 25-35% reduction in Cobb angle. Some patients will do better, some less well. A further program of intensive treatment (3 months later) will further improve the Cobb angles in many cases. The patient is expected to maintain home treatment until completion of growth, typically around age 17. Ongoing care is case specific and will be discussed at the completion of each intensive program of care.
These pictures illustrate the effect of treatment protocols on a primary thoracic curve. Note the strong reduction during care. A significant percentage of this change will become stable after 90 days of performing the exercise program.
Even after surgical stabilization, the curve can still be reduced with our protocols. Here is a post surgical case who presented with severe low back pain and a 15 degree scoliosis remaining after spine surgery. The right hand X-ray reveals a 50% correction AND the patient left our office with no pain. This was achieved during a one week intensive program of care.
Here is an X-ray of a 50 year old female. The picture on the right illustrates in treatment changes. This woman presented with strong low back pain and dysfunction. Her pain was alleviated and the curve was reduced from 41 to 32 degrees in the thoracic spine and from 26 degrees to 19 degrees in the lumbar spine.
Adolescent female with a primary thoracic scoliosis. By performing patient specific neuro muscular re-education exercises the curve is significantly reduced.
As part of the treatment program a Scoliosis Traction Chair is used to determine the maximal correction possible in the case. This provides the patient as well as the practitioner with a basis to set reasonable expectations for program outcomes.
This patient was initially diagnosed with a 22 degree curve by an orthopedist and prescribed a hard brace. The curve increased by 50% during bracing. The patient then discontinued bracing in favor of CLEAR exercise-based treatment and the curved decreased by almost 60%.
The exercise program re-orients the patient to gravity by using body weights and whole body vibration. The postural mechanisms are effectively reprogrammed. The picture on the right shows the effect on a large primary thoracic scoliosis. No Bracing is used!
Here is a 7 year old male. We see a before X-ray with a 27 degree primary thoracic scoliosis. The middle picture illustrates the use of the cantilever system of body weighting. The right hand X-ray shows the results of his program of exercise based care… a 30% reduction in the scoliosis.