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Treating Moderate to Severe Scoliosis Curves

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Treating Moderate to Severe Scoliosis Curves

Scoliosis is a chronic and progressive condition in which the patient's prognosis worsens as the size of the curvature increases. While every case is unique, long-term studies of many cases indicate that curvatures that reach a magnitude of 25-30 or greater see significant progression and complication risks in the short and long-term.

While many early stage scoliosis cases (curvatures 25 degrees or less) respond and stabilize with adequate in office treatment and continued home rehabilitation, most larger curvatures (greater than 25 degrees) will require a more extensive treatment plan and potentially multiple in-office treatment plans over time; especially until the patient reaches skeletal maturity.

One of the key differences that occur as the curvature approaches the 25-30 degree mark is the increasing effect of the "coil down" effect.....much like when a rubber band is twisted from the top and bottom until it "kinks" in the middle. While the mechanism that drives the coiling down effect remains a mystery, we do know its effect on the spine can be minimized and reduced through the use of traction/de-rotation based rehabilitation. The scoliosis traction chair was designed to create the necessary "coil down effect – free" environment for the scoliosis patient with a larger curve to effectively rehabilitate their spine. This traction/de-rotation effect, combined with a specialized whole body vibration, can dramatically improve the patient's chances of stabilizing and even reducing the spinal curvature.

Patients whose curvatures measure larger than 25 degrees at the time they reach skeletal maturity still have a 68% risk of further curve progression during adulthood (1-3 degrees a year on average), so every effort to reduce and stabilize the curvature to this level prior to skeletal maturity is paramount. Adult patients with moderate to severe curvatures can also benefit and reduce their risk of further curve progression post menopause with our non invasive options for treating moderate to severe scoliosis.

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