If you're considering treatment for scoliosis, it's important to get a second opinion from another specialist. This will help ensure that you're comfortable with your decision and that you have faith in your doctor. There are many great scoliosis doctors around the world, so finding one near you shouldn't be difficult. However, if you want to make sure that you're receiving the best care possible, it's worth taking the time to find the best doctor for your needs. Choosing the right scoliosis doctor for your child's needs is a confusing and frustrating process. Are they all the same? Which once offer the most advanced treatments? Do they offer anything other than bracing and surgery? Scoliosis is a whole body problem and requires a whole body solution. Our comprehensive treatment program is sought after the world over.
The best scoliosis doctors
The best scoliosis doctors understand the condition affects far more than just the patient's spine. In fact, over 40 years worth of published research on spinal curvature and deformities by some of the best spine specialist (spine surgeon, physical therapy, and scoliosis specialists) agree the future of treating scoliosis is to focus on the whole condition, not only the curvature.
Dr. Clayton J. Stitzel has dedicated his career and much of this personal life to finding a better treatment option for kids with scoliosis and their parents. Using his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology/Biomechanics from Penn State University and this doctorate in Chiropractic medicine from Palmer College, he has helped pioneer and create the world's most comprehensive scoliosis treatment program. While over 60 peer reviewed and published research articles on scoliosis to his credit, Dr. Stitzel has also co-developed patented scoliosis exercises and equipment, as well as, co-authored the world's first multi-genetic variant study on adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
We embarked on a search for "a better way" to treat scoliosis over 20 years ago, one that focused on the condition rather than just the spinal curve, one that caused no side effects or discomfort for the patient, and one that allowed a kid to remain a kid rather than becoming a disability.
Scoliosis treatment has remained relatively unchanged for almost a century. Most doctors still offer restricted therapy options, such as rigid brace or extremely invasive spine surgery. The ScoliSMART team has designed the most comprehensive scoliosis treatment method, which uses DNA and clinical testing to identify and target the root causes of idiopathic scoliosis with nutrient therapies. Thousands of patients with scoliosis have been successfully treated, and long-term outcomes for those allover the globe are continuing to improve as the science evolves.
Making the right scoliosis treatment decisions is difficult
It is especially challenging if you're not presented with all the options. You deserve to know that scoliosis is not just a curvature of the spine. Scoliosis treatment should focus on the whole condition.
Several aspects are more essential than reducing a Cobb angle, according to the Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) Organization. Before you choose therapy options, these aspects should be taken into consideration:
- Is your child disabled? Can the treatment cause disability?
- Does your child suffer from back pain? Can the treatment cause back pain?
- Does your child have a rib hump? Can the 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 scoliosis progression in adulthood? How does the treatment address this?
- Will further treatments be required when your child is an adult, regardless of the treatment?
Scoliosis and your treatment options may be discussed with you. You deserve a second opinion, no matter what you've been told. Doctors from ScoliSMART are not going to promise a miracle cure or a fast fix. To enhance your or your child's idiopathic scoliosis condition, we can give you non-invasive scoliosis treatment solutions.
How has scoliosis treatment improved?
Treatment for scoliosis has improved and evolved far beyond just a brace or surgical treatment. Today, many other things are used to evaluate the patient's treatment needs including x-ray, CT scan, medical history, and genetic testing. In many cases, neurotransmitter and hormone testing can provide additional insight into a specific case to make sure no stones go unturned in an effort to help patients and improve treatment outcomes.
More comprehensive treatment options
The science of scoliosis is expanding every year and we are finding new and effective ways of using information from research as part of our overall treatment effort to help patients. Highly targeted testing, scoliosis-specific supplementation, and innovative new scoliosis rehabilitation aides like the ScoliSMART Activity Suit are creating a whole new treatment model.
Less invasive physical medicine programs
Spinal fusion is obviously very invasive, but so is asking an adolescent patient to wear a brace to school, or to sleep, or 20 hours a day. Most of our scoliosis exercise programs require less than 2 hours a day of time and effort.
More effective treatment results
Our "success rate" study found 93% of our patients did not reach the scoliosis surgery threshold of 50 degrees and most of them actually reduced their curvature by an average of 9-15 degrees, even in adult scoliosis.
More natural and wholistic
Rehabilitation programs designed to improve posture memory and improve core strength. Nutrient therapies and supplements specifically recommended for each patient's needs based on genetic and clinical testing. The body is more able to accept and adapt to these influences more than external bracing and scoliosis surgery intended to only treat the spinal deformities, not the underlying condition.
Which type of scoliosis and spinal conditions can we help?
Scoliosis in pre-puberty and adolescence , adult scoliosis with poor posture, degenerative scoliosis (osteoporosis), scoliosis with neck pain/lower back stiffness, even patients with severe scoliosis can benefit from our non-invasive and comprehensive approach.
Which types of scoliosis are not appropriate for our approach?
Adult scoliosis with spinal stenosis (causing numbness and leg pain) seeking pain relief, kyphosis, post surgical correction, neuromuscular scoliosis (caused by muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy), congenital scoliosis (caused by incomplete formation of a vertebrae)
Where do our patients come from?
We have had patients from around the world and across the country, but most of our patients come from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC. Our furthest patients travel from Australia and our closest patients could walk from their house in Lititz, Pennsylvania.