Moderate Scoliosis (26-40) Overview
Finding out that you have scoliosis can be a scary diagnosis. It in fact changes your life. We want you to know that you are not alone. Our office is dedicated to educating you on this condition and helping you find a program that works best for you.
Many cases of scoliosis go undetected in their early stages and are not diagnosed until they have progressed into moderate scoliosis, between 25-40 degrees. This can be due to screening methods that are ineffective in catching scoliosis in its early stages. Some patients that have been diagnosed are told to ‘watch and wait,” only to find that their curve has worsened. It is important to remember that all big curves have started off as smaller ones. According to statistics, once a scoliosis enters the moderate category it has a 68% likelihood of progression.
In order to understand the phase of rapid curve progression that is seen in moderate scoliosis, picture a rubber band twisted from top to bottom. In the spine, it first buckles and then begins to “coil down”. The phenomenon is similar to the buckling created in a rubber band that has been twisted one too many times.
For moderate scoliosis curves, bracing continues to be the most common treatment method recommended. While many doctors in the US still recommend a soft or rigid brace to halt the curve progression, recent scientific studies question the effectiveness of this practice. In some cases, the forced correction of a brace actually causes an increase in patient’s rib deformity, commonly known as a rib hump. Even if a brace is successful and does not increase deformity, all benefit is lost once the brace is removed. Overall, a 2007 article for the journal, Spine, graded bracing as a “D” for ability to halt curve progression.
We are now seeing that both patients and researchers agree that we need a better system. Our office follows the CLEAR™ Institute protocols designed to not only stabilize the scoliosis but may even attain considerable scoliosis reduction.
Contact our office in Suffolk County to find out more about moderate scoliosis treatment plans.