We pride ourselves in our ability to treat scoliosis effectively without surgery or cumbersome brace-wear. However, we know we can't be everywhere. Check and see if there's a CLEAR doctor near you. And if not, don't worry, there are still ways for you to get quality alternative treatment.
If there isn’t a CLEAR doctor within a comfortable daily driving distance from your home, you still have options. Our Intensive Care (IC) clinics provide treatment twice a day over 1 to 2 weeks so that you only need to make one trip. Patients like Rosemarie have experienced inspiring results with this compressed treatment schedule, and we have also conducted case studies (on both teenagers and adults) showing that this approach can be effective, even in the long-term.
In comparison, a Standard Care Treatment Plan means regular clinic visits, typically 3 times a week for 4 weeks, then twice a week for 6 weeks, and eventually once a week for 12 weeks.
To find an Intensive Care clinic that offers a compressed schedule, look for doctors with an Intensive Care certification level on our Find a Doctor page.
All CLEAR doctors go through a rigorous training process and every scoliosis patient receives the same quality services at every CLEAR clinic. Intensive Care doctors have simply gone through additional training in order to be able to provide these same services in a shorter time frame.
That said, there are some non-medical considerations that you should think about when choosing an Intensive Care clinic:
Once you’ve picked a clinic, it’s time to get in touch with them using the contact information in our directory. You’ll be asked to describe your case, and the clinic will send you a consultation form.
From here, you’ll also fill out a medical records release form and send it to any physician involved in your care, so that they may send copies of your records and x-rays to your chosen CLEAR doctor. This helps your CLEAR doctor understand everything that’s happened in your case, from your scoliosis diagnosis to the present day, and identify any gaps in the information they need before you arrive at their clinic.
A typical CLEAR treatment session is most likely very different from other more traditional scoliosis treatment methods you may have tried. When you’re ready, you and a CLEAR chiropractor will have a consultation over the phone to talk about treatment and answer any questions you might have about the process.
Ready to schedule your trip to a clinic? Timing can be important. For school-aged children, many people choose to schedule during the summer, week-long breaks, and holiday time. If you plan to target these busy periods, plan on scheduling at least two months in advance. Otherwise, you’ll only need to schedule about a month ahead of time.
We know that traveling to a clinic is not always an option. But don’t give up hope on alternative treatment - encourage chiropractors in your area to consider becoming CLEAR certified! Your local doctor might be interested in the CLEAR approach, and if so, you can refer them to our website for more information.
Although only chiropractors can provide CLEAR treatment, both MDs and DCs can find resources specifically designed for them, like training seminars, advanced scoliosis adjusting protocols, and tips on X-ray analysis for chiropractors. There are also detailed descriptions about how CLEAR is different from traditional chiropractic and the science behind CLEAR treatment as well as ways that we can work together for medical doctors and orthopedic surgeons.
Even though you don’t have a local CLEAR doctor, you can still explore natural options for improving your quality of life. Stretching and yoga are great examples and can be done in the comfort of your own home. While these low-impact exercises don’t usually reduce the scoliosis, they can help you relax, feel better, and strengthen your muscles. And like any new physical activity or treatment, you should check in with a scoliosis specialist - preferably one who can answer these questions to your satisfaction - before starting a stretching or yoga routine to make sure that it is right for you.
It can be challenging to find the right care that meets your needs, especially when that means looking beyond your hometown for treatment. We hope that this post sheds some light on some of your options, including traveling to an Intensive Care clinic, recommending the CLEAR approach to a local doctor, and exploring at-home exercises.
How do you get alternative treatment options in areas where scoliosis experts are scarce? Have you tried an Intensive Care clinic for scoliosis treatment? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.