This is a very common question that I am asked because people who don’t have scoliosis have no clue what it is and people who do have it wish they didn’t. Basically scoliosis is defined as “Curved Spine” or a spine that classically bends to the left or right. Back in the day scoliosis checks were done is schools by having kids line up and bend over and then the school nurse or a doctor would look up your back to see if you had a hump in your ribs or a bend in your spine. Today these checks are seldom done at school, but they should be.
Back in those days if a kid was determined to have a scoliosis they would be subjected to scoliosis bracing with a hard metal brace that went from the neck to the waist called the Milwaukee Brace. As time progressed other braces came into favor. The most common hard brace used now is called the Boston Brace and it is a hard plastic shell that kids wear 23 hours a day. All of these hard braces have been shown to have average success in treating scoliosis.
Chiropractic care can be effective in treating scoliosis curves that are less than 20 degrees, but above that bracing is better indicated. In our Gilbert Chiropractic office we use a technique called Chiropractic Biophysics, which is very much like orthodontics for the spine. We can successfully treat the majority of scoliosis cases below 20 degrees with just Biophysics. Above 20 degrees though we use one of the most advanced Scoliosis braces on the market called the SpineCor Dynamic Corrective brace.
The SpineCor Scoliosis brace is a soft brace that holds the patient in a corrected posture and reduces their scoliosis. Since it’s a soft, dynamic brace it is more comfortable to wear and it is virtually invisible under clothing. It allows the patient to move freely and hence can be worn for almost any activity. Research shows that it stabilizes about 87% of scoliosis cases and when the brace therapy is discontinued the regression rate is less than 4%. We have been using the SpineCor brace in our Gilbert Chiropractic office for the last 7 years with great success.
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