What Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a neuro-musculo-skeletal disorder that can cause the vertebrae in the spine to laterally curve and rotate. Scoliosis is believed to have various causes including heredity, hormonal imbalance due to a neurological disorder, or an adaptation to some type of trauma, such as trauma occurring during the birth process, or trauma due to an injury, such as falling off a bicycle.
The problem usually starts in the lower back and mid-back. Because spinal bones continue to grow well into the early 20s, if left uncorrected, scoliosis often progressively worsens.
Unfortunately, the most common treatment approaches have been to wait and see how much worse the scoliosis will become, the use of braces, which are unsightly and ineffective in reversing the condition's progression, and, eventually, when the condition has worsened to an extreme enough degree, surgery.
Most types of scoliosis are classified as “Idiopathic Scoliosis”—that is, scoliosis resulting from unknown causes. There is also “Congenital Scoliosis,” which usually occurs due to congenital anomalies of the vertebrae or ribs.
3 Types of Idiopathic Scoliosis
Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis:
Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis can occur between birth and 3 years of age.
Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis:
Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis can occur from age 3 through 10 with an average age of onset of 7. It can lead to severe lateral curvature, and upwards of 30% of sufferers will eventually have corrective surgery. At Bones and Beyond, using the scoliosis correction method developed by CLEAR Institute, we can correct this type of scoliosis at its early stages and thereby avoid the need for surgery.
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis:
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis can occur from the age of 10 until skeletal maturity and is the most common type of Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Things That All People with Scoliosis Should Know
The success of our Scoliosis correction method for reversing scoliosis-induced spinal curvature depends on the fulfillment by the patient of 2 key commitments:
Dedicated participation in all activities, both at our office and at home, required by our method.
As a corollary to commitment #1, prioritizing and faithfully keeping all office appointments. (And if cancellation of an appointment is unavoidable due to an emergency, re-scheduling the appointment as quickly as possible.) Above all, please keep in mind: Changes in the body occur gradually, over the course of the treatment. Don't expect a major reduction in curvature in one visit.
Learn all the facts about your scoliosis and if you think that you can fulfill the 2 key commitments mentioned above, our treatment method is probably right for you.