Scoliosis Treatment in Fort Collins, Colorado

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Scoliosis is a 3d spine deformity with 10° or more of lateral bending and rotation. Scoliosis can lead to undesirable cosmetic appearances, pain, decreased quality of life and decreased satisfaction with appearance. There are many types of scoliosis however the most common type is idiopathic scoliosis which does not have a known cause.

The risk of scoliosis increases rapidly between the ages of 10-12 in girls and 13-14 in boys.

Scoliosis also occurs with near equal frequency in both girls and boys. However, girls’ curvatures do tend to be larger and progress more than the curvatures found in boys. That being said, it’s still important to have all children screened for possible signs of scoliosis – no matter what their gender may be.

The Scoliosis Research Society recommends girls be screen at 10 & 12 yo and boys between the ages of 13-14 yo.  Click Here To Learn More

The best way to catch the appearance of scoliosis during its early stages is through a simple scoliosis screening. Early scoliosis screenings leads to earlier detection, earlier treatment and better outcomes. Even more, statistics have shown that children who are not treated early for scoliosis are at greater risk of curve progression – due to the abnormal growth of the spine – and they frequently have decreased self-esteem and decreased satisfaction with personal appearance.

When to Screen for Scoliosis

Girls should be initially checked at the ages of 10 and 12, and boys should be screened between the ages of 12 and 14 – when growth spurts occur. At Square ONE, Dr. Chris Gubbels and our doctors trained in scoliosis treatments can perform a quick and painless scoliosis screening to detect any of the earliest signs of spine disfigurement.

At Square ONE our scoliosis treatments follow guidelines established by SOSORT (Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment), the international society on non-surgical treatment for scoliosis. Following these guidelines, our treatments can frequently prevent the progression and in some cases improve scoliosis curvatures

Scoliosis Can Go Undetected

Scoliosis can often go undetected or may be detected after further progression makes the symptoms more pronounced. One reason for this lag in detection time can be attributed to the age of occurrence, which happens at a time when children are bathing and dressing themselves and wearing loose or bulky clothing. Since parents are not taking close physical care of their children during these high-risk years, they may be less likely to notice the early symptoms.

And here’s a surprising fact: Dancers are 12.4 times more likely to develop scoliosis than other children their age. Gymnasts also experience a higher rate of scoliosis than the general population.

Scoliosis Screenings are 100% Safe

Early scoliosis screening is essential in treating young patients for undetected scoliosis conditions. If a scoliosis condition is left untreated, it can lead to asymmetries, pain and discomfort when sitting or standing, muscle weakness, and, in some cases, problems with vital organs. Early scoliosis detection opens the door for better monitoring, more treatment opportunities, including non-surgical options, and a better treatment result.

Children and teens can display several noticeable signs of scoliosis:

  • Asymmetrical shoulders
  • Prominent shoulder blade
  • Rib hump
  • Visible curve in spine
  • Asymmetrical hips
  • Asymmetrical waist

Earlier scoliosis detection results in better long-term patient outcomes.

How We Help Our Patients through Scoliosis Screening

The certified Scoliosis doctors at Square One can perform a simple scoliosis screening or other tests to detect any early signs or complications of this condition:

  • Visual screening
  • Physical assessment
  • Postural evaluation
  • Check for spine tenderness
  • Measure standing vs. sitting height
  • Hip examination
  • Check for lesions, hair patches
  • Check for other skeletal characteristics and flexibility
  • X-ray
  • MRI

Scoliosis Treatment

The level of scoliosis care that you receive is determined by the severity of your specific condition and curvature of the spine. Without treatment, scoliosis conditions can be expected to worsen over the long term.

For a mild curvature of the spine, we may recommend some rehabilitation or continued observation before any intervention techniques are used. Moderate curvatures of the spine may require scoliosis bracing. (See our page on ScoliBrace.) Severe cases may require use of the ScoliBrace or possible corrective surgery. And we may include several therapies or strategies in your treatment, including scoliosis rehabilitation and specific exercises.

The time to screen your child or adolescent in the at-risk age groups is now. The screening is simple and quick, and we’ll let you know right away if there is any need for further observation or testing.

Call Square One today for your FREE Scoliosis Screening.

Note: It’s important to understand that not all non-surgical treatment improves scoliosis. Different cases may require different treatment, and results can vary.

ScoliBrace Advanced Bracing

Intensive scoliosis bracing for Fort Collins

Sometimes traditional, non-invasive treatment and rehabilitation techniques are not enough to treat some scoliosis cases. Bracing becomes the best option in severe scoliosis cases, or when scoliosis continues to progress despite rehabilitation programs.

Traditional braces, such as the Boston brace, were only designed to help prevent scoliosis from progressing. And the success of these braces was largely dependent on the individual doctors’ ability to both construct and properly fit the brace to each patient.

Because scoliosis is 3-dimensional in form, treatments need to be 3-dimensional too. At Square One, we use a complete 3-D body scan along with x-ray and posture analysis to customize a brace for each patient. Modern computer technology and manufacturing techniques combine to create a brace designed to fit each individual patient’s needs.

ScoliBrace is a unique bracing system that combines the most effective bracing with the most advanced corrective spinal rehab methods and applies them to 3-D custom bracing. New technology used to create ScoliBraces means that these braces are not only highly comfortable but also non-visible when worn under clothing.

How Does ScoliBrace Work?

By positioning your body in an over-corrected, or mirror image position, the ScoliBrace creates a reduction in scoliosis curves, in most cases. ScoliBrace can also improve rib humping, shoulder un-leveling, and overall body appearance.

What’s more… ScoliBrace opens and closes in front, so it’s easy to both wear and remove without assistance. And it also comes in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can personalize the look of your brace.

The ScoliBrace can be used to treat infantile, juvenile, and adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS). In some cases, ScoliBrace may be utilized to treat congenital and neuromuscular scoliosis. Additionally, ScoliBrace can be used to stabilize adult degenerative scoliosis and hyperkyphosis.

What You Can Expect…

1. Your doctor will consult with you and perform an exam to determine your candidacy for a ScoliBrace.

2. Square One’s experienced health professionals will complete a 3-D BraceScan, which measures your body dimensions and account for your spine’s positioning to create a custom-fitted ScoliBrace.

3. We’ll send your Brace Scan, digital x-rays, posture pictures, and relevant clinical information to ScoliCare in Sydney, Australia. Then they’ll manufacture your custom-fitted brace using advanced computer analysis and engineering.

4. When your ScoliBrace is complete, we’ll schedule a brace fitting for you at Square One.

5. Square One will schedule your follow-up progress check-ups as needed.

Scoliosis Bracing for Infants, Juveniles, and Adolescents

Bracing is recommended in infants, adolescents, and juveniles when traditional rehabilitation programs have failed to correct the scoliosis condition. Scoliosis can progress rapidly during growth periods, so early treatment is always most effective. Smaller curves may be corrected with a night brace, which the patient only wears a few hours each day and at night.

Scoliosis Bracing for Adults

Bracing is recommend for adults with curves greater than 50 degrees, as curves greater than 50 degrees will on average progress 1-2 degrees per year. ScoliBrace may also be worn to stabilize degenerative scoliosis in adults. Bracing in adults is not designed to fully correct scoliosis, but to stabilize the condition, decrease or eliminate pain, and prevent surgery. However, improvements are normally seen with this treatment.

If curves progress beyond 60 degrees in the thoracic spine or 70 degrees in the lumbar spine, surgery may be needed.

Scoliosis and Kyphobrases

Hyperkyphosis is a condition when there is an increased curve in the mid-spine when viewed from the side. A normal thoracic spine should have approximately 40 degree curves. In adolescents with kyphotic curves greater than 50 degrees or 60 degrees in adults, bracing is typically recommended.