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Understanding Certification Levels

CLEAR recognizes the classification of scoliosis as follows: 

  • Mild scoliosis 25 degrees or less
  • Moderate scoliosis 25 to 40 degrees
  • Severe scoliosis 40+ degrees

A doctor with a higher level of certification is suggested for more severe and progressive cases.  

Standard Care

Standard-Certified doctors can be considered as an alternative for patients with mild to moderate scoliosis being told to watch and wait. They are trained to provide alternative treatment for non-progressive scoliosis - mild or moderate juvenile cases that have not shown signs of rapid progression, mild or moderate adolescent cases that are not at a high risk for progression, and non-surgical adult cases. 

Intensive Care

Intensive-Certified doctors can be considered as an alternative for patients who are candidates for traditional bracing or less severe surgical candidates. Intensive-Certified doctors have maintained a CLEAR Standard Certification for a minimum of one year. They are trained to condense typical treatment programs to accelerate the treatment process, called intensive care. They are also trained to work with more advanced cases such as progressive scoliosis, severe types of scoliosis, and patients with neuromuscular conditions. 

Fellow

CLEAR Fellows can be considered as an alternative for most types of infantile, juvenile, adolescent, and adult scoliosis from mild to severe. Fellows have maintained a CLEAR Intensive Certification for a minimum of five years. Their scoliosis training extends beyond CLEAR Certifications, and they are required to hold certifications in the following categories: technique, bracing, scoliosis exercise, diagnostics, and patient management. Their experience allows them to combine methods to enhance patient results. More severe surgical candidates should be managed by a Fellow or Senior Fellow. 

Senior Fellow

CLEAR Senior Fellow requirements are twice those of the Fellowship Program. This prepares them to handle the most difficult cases of infantile, juvenile, adolescent, and adult scoliosis from mild to severe. Senior Fellows have achieved the highest level of recognition possible within CLEAR.

CLEAR Scoliosis Centers are privately owned and operated chiropractic clinics. Doctors at CLEAR Scoliosis Centers are personally responsible for all clinical decision making. CLEAR Scoliosis Institute, a nonprofit organization, does not have any authority over the clinic, make any clinical recommendations, or dictate patient care.

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CLEAR Scoliosis Centers are privately owned and operated chiropractic clinics. Doctors at CLEAR Scoliosis Centers are personally responsible for all clinical decision making. CLEAR Scoliosis Institute, a nonprofit organization, does not have any authority over the clinic, make any clinical recommendations, or dictate patient care.
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