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Old 22nd November 2013, 12:05 PM
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has anyone had any experience with the Clear Scoliosis Institute in New York? Please respond with any thoughts you have on the subject.
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Old 22nd November 2013, 10:14 PM
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hi jnt,

i believe Clear is a programme of chiropractic treatment, rather than a medical scoliosis treatment practice, so if you were looking into attending, i would advise remaining under the care of a scoliosis specialist doctor at the same time, so that they could monitor things. my personal stance is that chiropractic treatments will not fully correct a scoliosis, as it's a structural condition and these treatments are, sadly, not aggressive enough (i wish a less-aggressive treatment had a permanent effect, but unfortunately for larger and progressing curves, surgery is currently the only effective option), and require lifelong dedication to maintain any correction achieved.

these sorts of treatments can help with pain management for some patients though, it just depends what you're looking for and what would be best in your case. i certainly think to travel from ireland and have treatment would be very costly, so i would thoroughly research whether this is right for you prior to attending.
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Old 22nd November 2013, 10:25 PM
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Default Re: Clear scoliosis institute ny usa

I have no direct experience of the treatments the Clear Institute provides, but I have always felt uncomfortable about the way they have always seemed to focus upon the negatives of surgery rather than promoting how and why their treatment is effective. And as Becky says, Chiropractors are not MDs, however skilled they feel they are - here in the UK they would not be allowed to use the title of Dr in a medical context.

I recommend that you do a lot of research before paying out a great deal of money for something that is - I think - as yet an unproven treatment. Maybe the Clear Institute has published articles in peer reviewed medical journals (not just chiro ones) recently, I dont know.
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37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.
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