Adult Scoliosis

What you don’t know about adult scoliosis can cause you unnecessary pain. But there is something you can do.

Does your scoliosis leave you feeling hopeless? Do you feel like your curve’s slow but relentless progression is out of control? Do you worry about how your condition will progress and worsen over time?

The research on scoliosis tells us that a typical adult will have progression of their curve, and that the progression will vary from 0.5 to 3.0 degrees per year.

I have great news for you: Your condition is treatable. There is hope.

Countless adult scoliosis sufferers have experienced relief from the pain, disability, fear, and poor self-image that often accompany scoliosis. You can be one of them.

Click video below for a brief introduction to Scoliosis in Adults

                                                 adult scoliosis back pain patient testimonial“The curvature in my spine is 10 degrees less!”

adult scoliosis pain elimination and increased lung function“I’ve forgotten about having pain. I really have.”           

wendy adult scoliosis treatment 2“It gave me power to take care of myself.”      

Damon Adult Scoliosis Treatment“I’m very happy with Hudson Valley Scoliosis, I like seeing improvement.” 

Mrs P Adult Scoliosis Treatment“My back pain was gone in 6 weeks.”

Click video below for a detailed explanation of non surgical options for scoliosis in adults

You are about to learn about the solution for scoliosis that you didn’t believe was possible. You can change the course of your scoliosis progression. You can do something to change your future. The power is in your hands.

The 4 Most Dangerous Myths about Scoliosis in Adults

These myths cause unnecessary pain, disability, and further progression of your curves.

There are several dangerous and harmful myths about adult scoliosis that unfortunately result in preventable pain and disability for thousands of scoliosis sufferers. When scoliosis patients believe these myths, it prevents them from seeking a solution for their scoliosis before pain and disability start to develop. Here are some of the most prevalent myths about scoliosis in adults that cause patients to suffer unnecessarily.

Myth #1: Mild scoliosis curves rarely progress after skeletal maturity.

Many scoliosis patients have heard again and again that their condition is not likely to deteriorate as they get older, especially if their curve is mild. But more recent and advanced studies have shown this just isn’t true. There are different kinds of scoliosis and some of them are likely to result in greater, less predictable curves over the course of your life. No matter what kind of scoliosis you have, your curve is most likely to continue to progress later in life.

Even if your scoliosis began during adolescence and you’ve seen little increase of your curve over time, you will see shortly that many adult scoliosis sufferers have seen drastic increases in their curve in adulthood.

Myth #2: Curves always progress linearly and predictably.

If it’s been awhile since you were first diagnosed with scoliosis, you may be under the impression that your curve will progress at the same rate that it always has. This is not always true. While the type of scoliosis you have is a factor, many patients experience more drastic and unpredictable progression of their curves later in life.

Myth #3: If you have no pain from scoliosis now, you never will.

As you will see in the research and testimonials below, pain is very likely to develop later in life even if you had no pain as an adolescent or young adult. In fact, one study indicated that 92% of adult scoliosis sufferers reported pain from their scoliosis.

Myth #4: There is nothing I can do, short of a major spinal surgery involving rods and fusion of the spinal bones.

One of the saddest and most destructive myths of all is perpetuated by medical  specialists themselves. If you have scoliosis, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard this before:

“There is nothing you can do to change the progression of your curve. You can only ‘watch and wait’.”

Here’s the truth:

  • Even mild curves of less than 30 degrees can have a higher chance of getting worse during adulthood than they did during adolescence, and some scoliosis sufferers are at even higher risk than others.
  • Curves do not always progress predictably, and older adult scoliosis sufferers are likely  to experience unpredictable, rapid progression of their curves.
  • Even if you’ve never experienced pain from your scoliosis, there is a high chance of pain developing because of your scoliosis later in life. This is true even if you have a mild curve now.

Tragically, much of this pain and deterioration is preventable. Read on and learn:

  • Why much of what you’ve been told about your scoliosis condition is completely wrong.
  • What risk factors can contribute to the onset of pain and disability later in your life, even if you’ve never experienced pain or disability from your scoliosis before.
  • How menopause is known to worsen scoliosis progression and pain for women.
  • How to prevent the rapid deterioration of your curves as you age.
  • How to reduce or eliminate pain from scoliosis without risky surgery, reliance on pain medicine, or the use of “old technology” and ineffective back braces, supports, or corsets.
  • What you can do starting right now to improve your quality of life and have a brighter future.

I am excited to share with you the only real solution for scoliosis in adults. So, who am I?

Dr. Strauss BS, MS, DC

Dr. Strauss BS, MS, DC

My name is Doctor Andrew Strauss, and I’ve been reducing pain and improving the condition of scoliosis sufferers for more than 30 years. I feel extremely lucky to play a part in the improvement of so many scoliosis patients’ quality of life.

As a young teen, I experienced severe chest pain. The pain was debilitating, preventing me from enjoying life. Doctors, specialists, and physical therapists told me there was nothing they could do other than manage the pain with painkillers that treated the symptom, but not the root cause of my pain.  Just like many scoliosis sufferers, I felt as if there was nothing I could do to change my situation.

After trying everything we could, my family finally decided to try a chiropractor. After 5 years of chest pains, I finally had relief. I was free. I no longer felt as if I had no control, and I finally had a normal life again. It was then that I discovered the healing power of chiropractic to change people’s lives. As a result of my experience, it became my mission to help others who feel that same helplessness and hopelessness that I knew so well.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with honors from the University of New Hampshire in 1978. I then went on to study chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa – the world’s oldest and largest chiropractic college – where I graduated with honors in 1982.

For the last 34 years, I have specialized in the treatment and relief of scoliosis symptoms. Ten years ago, I discovered Dr. Woggon and the C.L.E.A.R. Institute, which provides chiropractic solutions that relieve pain and improve the quality of life for scoliosis sufferers all over the world. Since discovering this amazing treatment, I’ve earned the highest level of certification available through the C.L.E.A.R. Institute and I’ve become incredibly passionate about helping scoliosis sufferers experience relief, hope, and freedom.  I am currently a lecturer for the C.L.E.A.R. Scoliosis Institute, a member of the technique advisory committee,  and a board member of C.L.E.A.R.’s non-profit organization.  I am actively involved in scoliosis research, currently working on a study of the effect of scoliosis on lung function in children and adult scoliosis patients.

The 4 Biggest Concerns For Adult Scoliosis Sufferers

There is a big difference between adolescent scoliosis and adult scoliosis. If you’ve been a scoliosis patient for a long time, you may wrongly believe that your condition will be no different in the future than as it was to this point.

Adult scoliosis has 2 main concerns that don’t apply to a majority of adolescent sufferers. They are:

Adult and adolescent scoliosis share 2 other main concerns:

Each of these concerns can contribute to the deterioration of a scoliosis patient’s quality of life as they get older.

Pain and scoliosis in adults

Though it is rare for scoliosis to cause pain in adolescence, pain is a common symptom of scoliosis in adults. The patients in my office receiving adult scoliosis treatment all say the same thing. They were told they had scoliosis as children and teens and advised to “watch and wait.” Then around middle age, quite often sooner, they begin to experience back pain, hip pain, or other symptoms only to discover that scoliosis is the underlying culprit.

In a 2007 study of 51 adult scoliosis sufferers between the ages of 17 and 60:


Pain reported by adult scoliosis sufferers

  • 84% (43 out of 51) experienced low back pain.
  • 43% (22 out of 51) experienced nerve root pain.
  • Only 8% (4 out of 51) of patients reported no pain at all.
  • 92% of the sample group said that they experienced pain regularly as a symptom of their scoliosis.

One of our patients recalls the sudden and unexpected onset of pain she experienced as an adult after having no pain when she was younger:

Wendy cried herself to sleep at night because she was in so much pain.

For 30 years, Wendy was told that all she could do was manage pain and remain dependent on pain medicine to have freedom from it.


Another patient was never bothered by her scoliosis, until menopause, when she began to experience intense pain.

Can you identify with their stories? If not, could this be you in 10 years if your curves progress? How about in 20 years or 30 years?


Disability related to scoliosis in adults

Another terrible consequence of untreated scoliosis is disability. You lose your freedom to do the things that you love to do and can become less and less independent. Some severe scoliosis sufferers cannot even stand or walk because their condition is so degenerative. This is known as postural collapse and occurs in adults due to the relentless effect of gravity on the scoliotic spine.

As scoliosis patients become older, the likelihood of disability increases. Without treatment, disability from scoliosis can cause you to be confined to bed, unable to move without the aid of someone else, and completely without freedom to do the things that you enjoy.

One Hudson Valley Scoliosis patient had such severe scoliosis that she could not walk and was confined to her bed. She was without any freedom and independence. But after just 6 weeks, she was able to walk and move again without any pain or discomfort:

“After Dr. Strauss started my therapy, my back pain was gone within 6 weeks. I can walk well now.”

Progression of scoliosis in adults

Even worse than the severe pain or limiting disability that can occur for scoliosis sufferers is the feeling of utter helplessness to do anything about it. When you do not receive treatment for scoliosis and simply “watch and wait,” you are vulnerable to the likely outcome that your curve will get much worse over time.

all LARGE curves start off as small ones


The above series of X-rays shows the progression of an untreated child from ages 9 to 13. You can see that this patient’s upper curve progressed 45 degrees and the lower curve progressed 37 degrees in just 4 years. In an adult, the curve progression is typically much slower.

Research shows that the curve progression in an adult will vary between 0.5 to 3.0 degrees per year, depending on the shape of the curve, overall curve size, and the age of the scoliosis onset.

It was previously thought that progression only happens for people with more extreme curves of more than 30 or 40 degrees. But more recent studies on scoliosis have proven that scoliosis curves can and often do progress drastically and in a shorter period of time, especially as you get older.

A 2003 study found that 36% of adolescents with scoliosis had progressed by more than 10° after 22 years.

Damon was diagnosed in 10th grade. After X-rays and visits to specialists no treatment was prescribed because his scoliosis wasn’t “bad enough”. He went to a chiropractor and acupuncturist but all it did was lessen some pain and discomfort while providing no visible changes:

“The main medical options are wait or surgery… this is a much better step to look into between those.”

No One Can Say Definitively How Your Curves Will Progress.

There is no telling how your curve will progress in the future, no matter what doctors predict based on other patients. The truth is that no one can tell the future, and yours is uncertain. That’s why it is so important to get effective treatment for your scoliosis instead if waiting, only to find that you are one of those unlucky scoliosis patients whose curve progressed.

You don’t have to wait and watch your curve progress. You don’t have to live in fear that you will be one of the unlucky ones. There is something you can do.

Aesthetics of scoliosis in adults

While pain, disability, and the progression of your curves are the most serious and urgent results of adult scoliosis, the way that you look when you go about your daily life is a very real and important consideration for scoliosis sufferers.

In addition to worrying about the possibility of your condition deteriorating over time and resulting in pain, you sometimes feel self-conscious because of the way your scoliosis makes you look.

“I hated the way I was different. My friends were always asking me if I was in pain because my hip was sticking out to the side when I walked. Yes, I was in some pain, but I didn’t want anyone to notice, but they all did.”

So many scoliosis sufferers can relate to this feeling of being different from everyone else. Even if you are experiencing no pain, your scoliosis appears as a disability in the eyes of people you see at work, at the supermarket, in interviews, at gatherings with friends, and everywhere you go.

The good news is that treatment for your scoliosis can stabilize, and possibly even modestly reduce your scoliosis and allow you to experience less pain, disability, progression, and self-consciousness.

Research shows that even if the curve can only be modestly reduced, significant postural improvement is still very possible!

Katherine was suffering from back pain for 40 years. She went to many different physical therapists, chiropractors and doctors to no avail. The pain worsened and began to spread to her shoulder:

“The curvature in my spine, above my waist, is ten degrees less than the original x-ray! I thought that was fabulous! “

Are you at high risk of experiencing one of these major symptoms of adult scoliosis?

Not all scoliosis is created equally. While there is no way of knowing how your condition will progress or deteriorate over time as you get older, there are some factors that studies have shown increase your chances of unpredictable progression and the pain, disability, and poor self-image that accompany it.

To determine your level of risk, it’s important to understand the different types of adult scoliosis. Which are you?

Adolescent Scoliosis in Adults (ASA)

Adolescent Scoliosis in Adults (ASA) is the adult version of scoliosis that presented during adolescence. Once skeletal maturity is reached (your bones have finished developing – typically around 16-18 years of age), a patient with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is now said to have ASA. There is typically a slow increase (about 0.5-2.5 degrees per year) in the curvature that began during teenage years in an otherwise healthy individual  that becomes progressive during adult life. Where does that put you 10 years from now? 30 years from now?

Here are characteristics of Adolescent Scoliosis in Adults (ASA):

  • Any curve type as long as it presented during adolescence
  • May be stable or progressive
  • May develop a degenerative stage later in life
  • Often not painful until later in adulthood
  • Pain typically an issue in unbalanced curves, especially curves in the lower rib cage area and those that are only in the lower spines
  • Often progressive later in life in a degenerative phase

Despite extensive research, the only thing that we know about the future of the ASA patient is  that we don’t know. Pain becomes an issue for a majority of AIS sufferers, but there is no way of knowing exactly how your case of AIS will progress or deteriorate over time.

Degenerative De-Novo Scoliosis in Adults

Degenerative De-Novo Scoliosis is scoliosis that starts later in life, around age 45 and older. This type of scoliosis often deteriorates more rapidly and less predictably than Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis. It often comes about as a result of some other issue, such as arthritis or the deterioration of discs and joints.

Here are some of the characteristics of Degenerative De-Novo Scoliosis:

  • New curve in adults that developed as a result of degenerative instability (arthritis or disc deterioration, for example)
  • Usually lumbar curve, and usually unbalanced
  • Large, rigid curves in adults older than 45
  • Pain is primary issue
  • Moderate to severe degenerative changes present

If you have Degenerative De-Novo Scoliosis, you are at high risk of:

  • Pain
  • Disability
  • Unpredictable progression of your curves

Other High-Risk Situations of Scoliosis in Adults

Even if you have ASA, you may be at higher-than-average risk of pain, disability, and progression. You may be at higher risk if you:

  1. Have thoracolumbar (middle of your back) and lumbar (lower back) curves
  2. Have significant coronal (the head is not over the hips) imbalance. Data has shown that patients with a coronal (side to side)  shift of more than 2 inches results in poorer everyday function and greater pain than coronal shifts of less than 2 inches. (Glassmen, et al. Spine 2005)

adult scoliosis coronal imbalance                 severe adult scoliosis

  1. Have positive sagittal balance. Sagittal balance is a measure of how far forward the persons head is shifted over their torso. This forward shifted head is related to:

adult scoliosis sagittal balance scoliosis in adult patients

Research shows that even if the curve can only be modestly reduced you can still achieve drastic changes to postural alignment. The image below shows the posture analysis taken during the patient’s initial examination compared with the analysis taken after they finished a One-week Intensive treatment program for scoliosis.

Posture analysis of patient after one week of intensive scoliosis therapy.

Posture analysis of patient after one week of intensive scoliosis therapy.

Traditional treatments require that you either do nothing or commit to dangerous and risky surgery.

Below are what you’ve been told are your only options to experience relief from your scoliosis. As you can see, none of them are satisfactory because they do not address the root cause of scoliosis. Additionally, they are risky, uncertain, and in some cases, downright dangerous.

Option #1: “Watch and Wait”

You already know how risky, dangerous, and uncertain it is to take the traditional advice of “watch and wait.” While it is possible for our exercise based scoliosis programs to prevent further progression and pain,  it is more challenging to treat progression and pain once it has already begun.

Besides this, “watch and wait” has serious implications for your mental health. Traditional medicine does not always account for the fear, uncertainty, and hopelessness that is a part of the daily lives of those with scoliosis.

Option #2: Risky and Dangerous Surgery

Nearly every scoliosis sufferer has considered the option of surgery as a solution. Many patients who feel helpless to improve their condition think that this is the only way they can have control over their situation. It’s easy to see why: faced with daily pain and disability, the patient would rather pursue the small chance of hope that surgery will help them than continue with what they know will happen if they “watch and wait”: exactly the prison they have experienced so far, along with the chance that their condition will get even worse over time.

Scoliosis Surgery in adults

Surgery to correct scoliosis involves placing one or two metal rods stabilized by hooks and screws along the spine in an effort to prevent further curvature. The surgeon uses pins and bone grafts to keep the rod in place next to the spine. This is called “fusion surgery.” The spinal bones are fused together, destroying the joints of the spine.

The surgeon will create a long, deep incision along the spine and spread the ribs to access the spine area. This leaves a conspicuous scar and involves a lengthy and painful recovery period.

High risk of complication

According to a 2002 German study on the long-term effects of surgery on idiopathic scoliosis, “40% of operated patients with idiopathic scoliosis were legally defined as severely handicapped persons” after receiving rod and screw surgery.

Here are some firsthand accounts by people who had the Harrington rod surgery:

“My dad has had metal rods in his back since 1995. They are horrible. He is in so much more pain than before and now every doctor says there is nothing they can do for him because the rods can never come out. I am trying to get him into the mayo clinic but so far haven’t had any luck. He lives in constant pain.”

– Orthopedics Forum – Broken Harrington Rod

“I had/have been having a lot of back pain. Last summer I went back to the doctor that did the surgery. That is when I found out that my rod is broken. I don’t know when it happened. I just know I have constant pain in my shoulder blade on up. So, unfortunately, yes the rod can break. But, I do not know the solution.”

– National Scoliosis Foundation Forums

“My daughter had her titanium Harrington rods removed on May 24th. She was two years post injury, and had constant, deep pain in her lower back. She was also constantly nauseated, making it difficult to eat.”

– CareCure Forums – Removal of Harrington Rods

“I was told the best they could do as a last resort would be to to cut off pieces at each end of the break to keep the broken halves from banging into each other.The rods were grafted/fused to my back using pieces of my hip. I was told to remove them would be extremely difficult and there was a good chance I’d be worse off afterward.”

– Spina Bifida Connection Support Forum-Broken Harrington Rod Pics

Option #3: Ineffective and uncomfortable braces

For over 500 years, the scoliosis back brace has been used. Until very recently, there had been no definitive evidence of its effectiveness.

The goal of scoliosis bracing was always stabilization, not correction – all too often, a scoliosis brace even fails at stabilization. Scoliosis braces like the Boston Brace, Milwaukee Brace, Providence Brace, Charleston Brace, or the many TLSO braces that are available at hospitals around the world, are ill fitting and seek to lock the scoliosis into its distortion. This is similar to what a cast does to a broken arm – lock it in place. This does not work with scoliosis and is seen by many as just a “waiting room for surgery”.

For the adult scoliosis patient, the risk of postural collapse, as the spine distortion increases, means that a properly designed brace can be a powerful aid to our corrective program of exercise-based care.

A new type of brace has recently been released that we use in adult patients who are at risk of postural collapse. We use the brace in approximately 15-20% of adult patients.

The new brace design is called ScoliBrace. This brace was released in 2012 and utilizes a unique, super-corrective scoliosis bracing method. Used in conjunction with the 3D imaging software, BraceScan, scans of the patient are taken and the brace is customized to fit their unique measurements and needs.

By positioning the body and spine in their over-corrected, or mirror image, position, the ScoliBrace can have a super-corrective effect. Significant postural changes are achieved in the majority of cases, as well as improvements to rib arching, shoulder level and the overall appearance of the body. This innovative new design is reducing pain, improving postural appearance, and can even prevent postural collapse from happening.

We ALWAYS combine use of the ScoliBrace with a custom-designed program of home exercises.  Many of our adult patients wear the brace 3-5 hours per day and get excellent symptomatic relief when used in combination with our custom designed exercise program.

Yes, there is a time when bracing is necessary, but this is rare when using the C.L.E.A.R. methods of exercise-based treatment programs.

There is something you can do about the progression of your adult scoliosis. The solution is C.L.E.A.R.

You no longer have to live with the hopelessness, fear, uncertainty, pain, or disability that accompanies your scoliosis prognosis. And you don’t have to live with the poor options with which you’ve been presented to either “watch and wait,” have surgery, or wear an uncomfortable, ineffective, and conspicuous “old technology” back brace.

There is something you can do about the progression of your adult scoliosis. There is a solution besides waiting and watching your curves get worse or undergoing risky and ineffective spine surgery.

The solution is C.L.E.A.R.

The C.L.E.A.R. Institute offers an alternative solution for scoliosis sufferers using proven chiropractic treatments to re-educate the muscles and central nervous system to address the root cause of scoliosis rather than treating the symptoms.

Adult Scoliosis Exercise Treatment with CLEAR

Why It Works

To understand how the C.L.E.A.R. solution can improve your condition and reduce your curve, it is important to understand the underlying cause of scoliosis. Experts believe that scoliosis is caused in large part by the incorrect autonomic neural patterns of standing and walking.

The C.L.E.A.R. solution retrains the brain to stand and walk correctly by using Neuromuscular Re-education (NMR). By repeatedly teaching the brain to move in different ways, it carves neural pathways for healthier habits of movement. Once these muscles which have long been unused are retrained with specific exercises, it opens the door to improvement in motion that reduces pain and further progression. In many cases, it actually reverses progression. This is how the C.L.E.A.R. solution leads to permanent and effective improvement for scoliosis sufferers.

The Top 5 Benefits of the C.L.E.A.R. Solution

  1. Reversal of curve progression and significant postural change with improved cosmetic appearance. Yes! It is possible to have modest reduction, even in adult scoliosis, and it is very likely to see substantial postural improvement!
  2. Gives patients control over their condition. Scoliosis sufferers can finally be done with that feeling of hopelessness and helplessness for good, because they know that they hold the power for real and lasting change.
  3. More lung capacity and more room for organs. Many scoliosis sufferers do not realize the effect their condition has on their lung capacity and organ position. Once they begin to see improvement from their treatment, they can’t believe the improvement in comfort and health that they feel.
  4. More energy. Many of our patients have reported more energy to do the things they love to do such as spend time with their family and friends, be independent, and have enjoyable and productive work lives.
  5. Relief or reduced chance of future pain, disability, or deteriorated aesthetics. This is the primary concern for scoliosis sufferers, especially for adult patients.

The C.L.E.A.R. solution has given scoliosis sufferers freedom, quality of life, and peace of mind. You won’t believe the additional benefits that come with slowing your progression and decreasing your pain. You have the opportunity to non-invasively improve your condition and your life. What would you give to have hope that your condition will not get worse, but instead will improve?

Features of the C.L.E.A.R. Treatment

  • Effective. Unlike traditional bracing, which has little to no evidence of effectiveness, the C.L.E.A.R. treatment has been effective for thousands of scoliosis patients worldwide.
  • Treats the cause, not the symptom. The reason the C.L.E.A.R. treatment works is because it addresses the root of the problem by retraining muscle memory and strengthening the muscles of the body that work to support and correct posture.
  • An alternative to medicine. Over the course of many years on pain medicine, the cost is exorbitant and the toll on your health even more so. Most importantly, in the end, what do you have to show for it? No change or improvement of your condition– just a mask over the pain and curve that still exists under the surface.
  • Custom treatment plan. Scoliosis is different from patient to patient, including the type of scoliosis, severity, age of the patient, and plenty of other factors. That’s why the C.L.E.A.R. protocol is to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient.
  • No risk. Unlike risky and dangerous surgery, you have nothing to lose by trying the C.L.E.A.R. treatment at Hudson Valley Scoliosis Correction Center. We have seen case after case of the treatment improving the condition and quality of life for patients of all ages. But if it does not work for you, you are not left with a lifelong handicap or chronic pain that can be the result of surgery.

How It Works

Now that you understand why the C.L.E.A.R. solution works to reverse scoliosis curves in patients of all ages and levels of progression, take a look at exactly how the treatment works.

The C.L.E.A.R. treatment has two frequency options, both of which have two main parts: the standard frequency of 2-3 times a week visits over 2-3 months (approximately 90 minutes per visit) OR the intensive treatment plan (1-2 weeks of 3-5 hours per day, 5 days a week). Both frequency options include customized, at-home exercises to be completed twice daily. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your curvature (size of the curve, amount of degeneration, level of pain being experienced as well as the location and shape of the  scoliosis).

If you choose to take the intensive program option (typically for patients who live over one hour away from the center OR who prefer to get a quick jump start on their treatment program), your treatment schedule will look like this:

If you have a curve of LESS than 25 degrees, (low pain levels, minor degenerative changes), you qualify for a 1-week intensive course.

If you have a curve of MORE than 25 degrees, you qualify for a 2-week intensive course.

Scoliosis Intensive Schedule

Precision X-Rays

In order to create the most effective custom treatment plan for you, we take an initial X-ray. Unlike other treatment approaches, the C.L.E.A.R. solution has a holistic philosophy: we believe in addressing the cause and not the symptoms of scoliosis. This involves taking a full series of small focused X-rays that includes  views of the hips, shoulders, and neck to pinpoint causes outside of the range of the spine. This is one of the unique aspects of the C.L.E.A.R. solution, and it often allows patients to see quicker and more dramatic results. We follow up these X-rays with periodic X-rays every 3 – 6 months, allowing us to confirm that we are on the right track and improving the patient’s condition. We never guess about the effect of the exercises. By using state of the art digital high frequency X-rays, we can prove the correct application of the care program with minimal radiation.  Rest assured, we always use thorough lead shielding to minimize radiation exposure.

The Intensive Treatment Plan in 3 Steps

Step 1: Mix

The “mix” step is the warming up of the spin in preparation for the correctional exercises to come. It sets up the spine for structural changes by warming up the inter-vertebral discs, making them flexible and mobile. Just like cold silly putty is difficult to manipulate, so the discs between vertebrae are inflexible and rigid when not properly stimulated.

Here are some of the elements of this step:

          • The Wobble Chair – A treatment chair that sits on a ball-and-socket joint and flexes in every direction to put the spine through a full range of motion.
The Wobble Chair

The Wobble Chair

          • Cervical Traction – A self-administered traction that pumps the body’s own fluid and nutrients into the discs of the neck.
          • Vibrating Traction – Uses a slow, relaxing vibration intended to relax the ligaments and soft tissues of the spine.
          • Eckard Flexion/Distraction Table – A special motorized table with belts that pull (not push) the scoliotic curves out of the spine.
Eckard Table used to lock in corrected changes to spine

Eckard Table used to lock in corrected changes to spine


Step 2: Fix

Once the inter-vertebral discs are warmed up, it’s time to move on to correcting the spinal curves.

The adjustment phase of the treatment uses instrument-assisted adjusting using the minimum amount of force necessary to make the correction. This allows the patient to experience no pain from the treatment, even as new muscle areas are being strengthened.

The adjustment phase is different for every patient and based on their initial X-rays. The effectiveness of the treatment plan is confirmed with the follow-up x-rays.

Mechanical adjusting instruments and specialized drop pieces enhance the precision and effectiveness of chiropractic care, while also reducing the amount of force required to correct the spine. The application of these adjustments, or precision manipulations, are correlated with the information obtained from the patient’s x-rays, computerized posture analysis, and physical examinations.  We avoid “cracking” or “twisting” the neck!  The adjustments are gentle and painless.

gentle adjustments for adult scoliosis treatment

Gentle Instrument Assisted Adjustments


Step 3: Set

Immediately after the adjustment phase of the treatment, a final step sets the treatment in place, allowing for permanent change that can be built upon in future treatments. This involves:

          • Spinal weighting protocols (typically on the head, torso, or hips).
          • Whole-body vibration therapy.
          • Gait therapy which re-trains patterns of moving and walking.
Neuromuscular Re-education

Neuromuscular Re-education

Active At-Home Rehabilitation Exercises

If it sounds too good to be true that a week or two of intensive treatment can lead to permanent changes in your scoliosis condition, that’s because it is: the nature of the C.L.E.A.R. treatment requires at-home exercises once or twice daily in order to see results. The treatment process is one that must be actively and consistently followed by the patient. Together, office treatments and at-home exercises will allow you to see improvement in your scoliosis that you thought was not possible. It takes between 300 and 350 repetitions of the home program to make the changes permanent.

The Choice Is Yours

You no longer have to live with the pain, disability, fear, and uncertainty that you’ve experienced everyday since the onset of your scoliosis.

There is something you can do.

There is hope for your condition.

You can live the life you always dreamed of having.

All you need to do to begin your life of freedom is pick up the phone and call us today.


We understand that you may have questions about the effectiveness of this treatment for your particular situation. Please have a look at our frequently asked questions below.

Still have questions? We would be happy to answer them. Simply call us to learn more about how the C.L.E.A.R. treatment can improve your specific situation. Dr. Strauss will personally take your call and answer your questions.

(845) 624-0010

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My scoliosis has already progressed significantly. Is it too late for treatment?

No. While early intervention before the progression of curves is of course always preferable, we have seen patient after patient reduce their curve, experience relief from their pain and disability using these exercises.  While we may not  be able to totally straighten your spine, significant postural and cosmetic changes are still very likely…. Dr Strauss will explain the treatment plan in detail to you after you have had your initial examinations.  This will include what outcomes you can expect. We have treated patients with very large curves over 100 degrees as well as smaller curves less than 20 degrees.

We understand the pain and helplessness you feel. But there is something you can do about your condition. Don’t watch your curves progress for a single day longer than you already have. Give us a call today to find out how we can help.

I have a mild curve. Do I qualify for treatment?

Yes. Patients with a curvature(s) of less than 25 degrees with mild degeneration and low pain levels require 1 week of intensive treatment. All severe curves have one thing in common: they all started as mild curves. There is great potential for you to reduce the risk of further progression and pain, and even reverse the curve you already have. The best time to treat scoliosis is before progression, severe degeneration, and pain.

I have a severe curve. Do I qualify for treatment?

Yes. Patients with a curvature(s) of more than 25 degrees require 2 weeks of intensive treatment. While it is always preferable to begin treatment before scoliosis progresses, it is never too late to begin your treatment and start seeing results within just weeks.

Does your office treat all ages?

Yes. Our youngest patient right now is 3 years old and our oldest is 83! No matter what age or stage you are experiencing, the time to prevent further progression and reduce the risk of pain and disability is now.

Can I receive treatment if I do not live in the area?

Yes. We offer special one-week and two-week intensive treatment plans that work incredibly effectively combined with at-home exercises. These treatment plans are ideal for out-of-town patients. We have had many patients visit our office from all over the country and the world to receive treatment. Please call us today to arrange your visit. Our helpful staff will assist you with everything you need to know, including:

          • Directions
          • Accommodation (We have 2 Hilton hotels next door. They typically offer our patients substantially discounted rates)
          • Travel Advice (There are 5 International airports within an hour of our center)
          • US Visa assistance

Don’t let location be the only obstacle to receiving the treatment that will change your life forever. Call us today to arrange your custom treatment plan.

(845) 624-0010

Or….Click here to have us contact YOU!

What if it doesn’t work?

What do you have to lose by giving the C.L.E.A.R. solution a try? There are:

          • No risks of making your pain or progression worse
          • No scars
          • No ineffective, “old technology” back braces
          • No more feeling like there is nothing you can do

We have never had a patient who regretted giving the C.L.E.A.R. solution a try. Like my own experience with chest pain, this can finally be the solution that works for you after years and years of trying everything else. That was certainly the experience that Wendy had after 30 years of trying everything and living with daily pain. Why not join her and thousands of other scoliosis sufferers who have experienced relief and freedom with the C.L.E.A.R. treatment method?

I would like to speak with the doctor directly to decide if the C.L.E.A.R. solution is right for me.

Of course! Our helpful team is standing by awaiting your call. Dr Strauss will personally respond to your request to discuss your case.

I can’t wait for you to experience the hope and relief that thousands of scoliosis sufferers have experienced with the C.L.E.A.R. treatment plan. It is my pleasure and passion to help patients of all ages and stages of scoliosis to finally have the life that they always dreamed of with a solution that they didn’t believe was possible.

Don’t pass up this opportunity. Don’t experience regret when your curve progresses in the future. And most importantly, don’t listen to well-meaning medical professionals who say that there is nothing you can do to improve your position.

There is something you can do.

Change is possible.

A better life is within your reach.

Now it’s time to take the first step in changing your life. Begin by calling us today.

(845) 624-0010

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2 comments on “Scoliosis in Adults

    • Sadly, I hear this from many patients. The complication rate from spine fusion surgery approaches 50% and the re-surgical rate for scoliosis fusion surgery is 27%. These are published findings in the medical literature. I am very sorry that you are suffering, and I understand why some people would choose to take the risk of fusion surgery for scoliosis. I always recommend a trial of conservative treatment first and that spine fusion surgery should be used as a treatment of last resort.

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