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UNDERSTANDING SCOLIOSIS
FOR KIDS (AGE 6-17)
Testing and Nutrient Therapies for Kids

Detailed results with Doctor guided scoliosis-specific treatment options

ScoliSMART BootCamp & ScoliSMART Activity Suit

The innovative, non-invasive alternative scoliosis therapy.

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Measurable curve reduction, improved quality of life, and pain relief.

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Testing & Nutrient Therapies for Adults

Detailed results with Doctor guided scoliosis-specific treatment options

ScoliSMART Activity Suit

Reduces scoliosis pain and improves spinal curvature in adults

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The innovative, non-invasive alternative scoliosis therapy for adults

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Measurable curve reduction, improved quality of life, and pain relief.

The Future of Scoliosis Treatment: Cutting-Edge Innovations

FACTUALLY ACCURATE & VERIFIED BY

Dr. Clayton J. Stitzel

LAST UPDATED ON

May 21, 2024

Table of Contents

Overview and General Information about Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition characterized by an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. It can affect individuals of any age group, with the most common type being idiopathic scoliosis. This condition often presents during adolescence but can also manifest in older adults. Treatment options vary depending on the severity and progression of the spinal curve, ranging from physical therapy and bracing to spinal fusion surgery. Understanding the cause and type of scoliosis is crucial in determining the most effective treatment plan.

The four most common types of scoliosis treatment are observation, Scoliosis Boot Camp, braces, and scoliosis surgery or spinal fusion. Yet bracing and observation do not actually stabilize or reduce the spinal curvatures presenting in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. None of the methods help with the underlying cause of scoliosis condition. Posture memory improvement, genetic testing, and the ScoliSMART Activity Suit are more modern options for scoliosis treatment that provide long-term results for different types of curvatures.

Scoliosis Prevention Strategies

Maintaining a strong core through exercises that promote spinal alignment, such as yoga or Pilates, can aid in preventing spinal curve progression. Additionally, maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding activities that strain the back, like heavy lifting, can reduce the risk of developing the curvature. Regular check-ups and early intervention for any signs of spinal curvature in children can also play a crucial role in preventing it from advancing.

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Complications of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Spine curves can lead to various complications, especially in severe cases. These can include chronic back pain, breathing difficulties due to restricted lung function, and potential heart issues as the curvature of the spine affects the chest cavity. Additionally, severe curves can impact overall posture and body alignment, potentially causing discomfort and reduced mobility. Regular monitoring and timely treatment are crucial to address these potential complications associated with the condition.

Scoliosis Treatment for Mild or Moderate Curvatures

Childhood curvature in the spine often has no known cause, but can be related to genetic patterns. The curve’s progression happens due to miscommunication between the brain and muscles. The brain may not realize your child’s stance or rib cage is off, so it doesn’t signal the muscles to fix the spine’s curve. Neuromuscular scoliosis stems from conditions like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury. In puberty, spinal curvature might be adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, the most common form.

ScoliSMART training focuses on correcting that neuromuscular miscommunication. Our Posture Memory Training creates new muscle memory. This exercise training lowers the chance that the curve will get worse and may reduce the spine curve, which is less than 10 degrees. No method or physical therapy can “fix” the condition 100 percent. The intended result is to halt the progression and reduce the curve as much as possible. 

In the United States, this care is now popular. Studies show genes can cause scoliosis in kids and adults. This new way excites those with curved spines. It gives hope to stop the curve progression, which mostly appears in adolescent females, around 10 to 12 years old.

Understanding the Cause of Scoliosis

There are 28 known genes related to the problem. These genetic problems occur much more frequently in patients compared to the general population. Patients can test their DNA and use nutrient therapies to reduce the impact of these genes. This, in turn, may lead to a reduced risk of curve progression, even in adults. Unfortunately, there is a significant lack of application of this knowledge into clinical practice. Most physicians treating the condition, are not yet taking advantage of this important information.

Improved Curvature Diagnosis and Scoliosis Treatment

To learn more about how to treat the whole condition and not only the curve, connect with our passionate providers at ScoliSMART. To explore a non-brace/ non-surgical treatment for your child’s condition, you may  with a ScoliSMART doctor. Please get in touch with us today! 

The evolution of scoliosis treatment

Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis

The old way of finding a spine curve in scoliosis is by the Cobb angle, seen on x-rays. Another method is the Adams test where patients bend forward for a rib hump check. If there’s a curve over 10 degrees it is considered a concern. The curvature is viewed as a 3D spine issue, yet often only measured in 2D with Cobb angle x-rays. Doctors also do physical checks on the spine, ribs, hips, and shoulders to diagnose the problem.

Doctors performing a medical evaluation or physical exam need to analyze your child’s posture for:

  • tipped shoulder blade,
  • high hip,
  • forward head position,
  • sway back or poor alignment from the skull to the pelvis to identify smaller curves.
  • A tool called a Scoliometer also helps us detect small curves. Early detection is especially important if it runs in your family.

The earlier we detect it, the sooner we can start and mitigate risk of severe curves and reduce the need for spinal surgery.

Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis

Scoliosis Exercise Programs

Scoliosis Boot Camp is a comprehensive exercise program that treats the whole condition and not just a curve in the spine. A popular option for kids and adults, the ScoliSMART Bootcamp program combines specialized rehabilitation, targeted supplements, and the patented ScoliSMART Activity Suit. Independently published research shows 93% of patients using this program did not require surgical intervention for severe cases and the majority of patients were able to actually reduces the spine curve by an average of 9-15 degrees!

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Chiropractic Treatment for Scoliosis and Posture

Chiropractic scoliosis treatment involves non-invasive approaches to manage spinal curvature. By focusing on spinal alignment and mobility, chiropractic care attempts to alleviate discomfort and improve function for patients. Techniques such as spinal adjustments and corrective exercises may help in reducing pain and potentially slowing the progression of the spine curve. While chiropractic treatment alone cannot cure the condition, it can be a complementary therapy option to traditional medical interventions such as Scoliosis Boot Camp.

Scoliosis Bracing

Frenchman Ambrose Paré made the first metal back brace in 1575. Many more have been made since then. Patients say they still dislike how they look and feel in these braces. Wearing a back brace can sometimes cause more harm than good. Doctors usually recommend it for curves measuring 25-40 degrees, which are considered moderate. The brace squeezes the ribs and pelvis to straighten the spine and prevent wedging of the vertebrae as the child grows. For severe curves, surgery might be needed to stabilize the spine. Sometimes, x-rays show improvement with the brace on, but things get worse once it’s off. This happens because the muscles weaken, and joints stiffen without movement. Using a Boston brace often leads to issues like rib humps and breathing difficulties shortly after starting it. The Milwaukee brace contains metal rods for support!

The low success rates of back braces combined with the physical and psychological damage they cause make us question why anyone would prescribe them until skeletal maturity. Acknowledging the traditional bracing model limitations is the first step toward innovative changes.

Spinal Fusion Surgery

Spinal fusion has many problems. Most patients face complications despite advances in surgery. A curved spine is usually not dangerous, and many live without pain. A study from 2015 found that 76% of young patients who had spinal correction surgery experienced back pain five years later. The surgery straightens the spine but can lead to new pain and breathing issues. When most vertebrae are fused, the remaining ones move too much, causing faster degeneration and future back problems as the child grows older. Doctors often suggest spinal fusion for teenagers under 14 to help straighten the spine using bone grafts for stability.

For more information on why the long-term fusion surgery risks may outweigh its benefits, read our page on scoliosis surgery.

Choosing the Right Scoliosis Program for Your Child

Making the right decision is difficult. It is especially challenging if your family doctor does not present you with all the alternative treatments. You deserve to know that it is not just a sideways curve in the spine. Scoliosis treatment should focus on the whole condition. 

The Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) say there are many factors more important than correcting a Cobb angle. These factors should be considered before you make any decisions:

  • Is your child disabled? Can the treatment cause spinal cord injury, nerve damage or disability?
  • Does your child suffer from back pain or other medical conditions? Can the treatment cause lower back pain or worsen the other medical conditions?
  • Does your child have a rib hump? Can the bracing treatment cause one or make it worse?
  • How is your child’s quality of life now? Will the treatment improve it or worsen it?
  • Are your child’s breathing functions good now? Does the treatment pose a threat to breathing functions?
  • How is your child’s psychological well-being? How will it be affected by the treatment?
  • Does your child face adult curve progression (arthritis and degenerative scoliosis cases)? How does the scoliosis treatment address this?
  • Will other treatments be required on their spinal curve as part of their life?

We can help you learn about your or your child’s options. No matter what you’ve been told, you deserve a second opinion. ScoliSMART doctors are not going to promise a quick fix or magic potion. We will provide you with non-invasive options to improve your or your child’s condition.

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Living with Scoliosis: Lifestyle and Activities

Living with a curved spine can present challenges in daily life, impacting lifestyle and activities. Individuals may need to adapt their habits to accommodate the condition, focusing on core strength and ergonomic movements. Engaging in regular low-impact exercises and physical therapy can help manage back pain and maintain spinal health. It’s essential to consult healthcare professionals for tailored advice on suitable activities and lifestyle modifications to improve overall well-being.

What are the benefits of doing yoga for non surgical scoliosis treatment?

Yoga can help by strengthening the muscles that support the spine, improving alignment, and increasing flexibility. It can also help reduce pain and discomfort associated with the condition, improve breathing, and promote overall physical and mental well-being.

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