The goal of CLEAR is to provide every scoliosis patient with the best possible quality of life; we recognize that CLEAR treatment may not be the ideal choice for every case of scoliosis, and we do not hesitate to acknowledge that bracing and surgery help many scoliosis patients achieve the results they desire. Our goal is to serve the best interests of the patient.
We recommend to all of our Certified Doctors that every scoliosis patient be co-managed by an orthopedic scoliosis specialist; in cases of severe scoliosis (above 40 degrees), CLEAR requires its doctors to ensure that patients have the opportunity to consult with an orthopedic surgeon. CLEAR is developing a network of orthopedic scoliosis specialists who are familiar with the CLEAR approach, and are happy to cooperate in co-managing scoliosis patients with doctors of chiropractic. If you are interested in being a part of this team approach to scoliosis care, please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected]clear-institute.org or call us at (866) 663-7030.
The CLEAR Scoliosis Treatment Protocols require active participation in order to be effective – in much the same way that getting the maximum benefit out of a brace requires the patient to wear it. When patients are not compliant with the CLEAR protocols, it is very important that we refer them to an orthopedic specialist for bracing or surgery.
If you have patients with scoliosis who express a preference to avoid either bracing or surgery, or for whom – for whatever reason – these options may not be the best choices for them, we would like to earn your trust so that you might feel comfortable suggesting CLEAR as an alternative option for these individuals. Our doctors are instructed and expected to maintain communication with you and provide regular status reports, so that you continue to stay involved with the patient’s care.
When a scoliosis progresses to surgical levels, and the patient and their legal guardians decide to undergo surgery, we understand that improving the flexibility of the spine is an important factor in determining the amount of correction that can be obtained. Many aspects of the CLEAR treatment process are intended to improve the flexibility of the spine, and we believe it may be worth investing efforts into collaboration and clinical research to determine if receiving CLEAR treatment prior to surgery could help improve surgical outcomes and reduce the chance of complications.
Also, we recognize the lack of evidence on chiropractic scoliosis treatment, and we would like to collaborate with established research centers and hospitals who might be interested in conducting independent research on our methods and/or patients. Our first research article was listed as the Most-Highly Accessed Article of All-Time in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders for many years, and we believe that any organization willing to support further research would receive a great deal of attention and appreciation for their efforts.