The idea behind watching and waiting (or observation) is to monitor a mild case of scoliosis to see if it gets worse. Watching and waiting is prescribed for young teenagers with a small curve who have not finished growing. Typically, x-rays are taken every six months or so. If the curve gets worse, then treatment (typically with a brace) is recommended.
The advantage of watching and waiting is that many cases of scoliosis may not need treatment with a brace, or surgery. Many experts believe that mild cases of scoliosis do not have a large impact upon a person’s health. But is this really true? Some scientists have found that, actually, mild cases of scoliosis can limit the body’s ability to exercise effectively. Sometimes, too, even a small scoliosis can cause pain or other problems. Even if the scoliosis isn’t getting worse, wouldn’t it be nice to have an option that could help your loved one achieve their full athletic potential, or take away some of the pain or sleeplessness they may be experiencing as a result of their scoliosis?
Some parents who have been told to watch and wait might prefer to take a more proactive approach, to reduce the chances of the curve getting worse while it is still small. If you’re like one of these parents, or if your loved one is experiencing pain or limitations, this is where the CLEAR Scoliosis Institute can help. We believe that every person living with scoliosis – even if it is just a small curve – should have the right to choose whether or not they would like to receive care.
In most cases for young people with small curves, CLEAR Scoliosis Treatment does not require as large of a commitment as it does with more severe cases. Some people with small curves have achieved the results they wanted after only a few weeks of care. Also, CLEAR Certified Doctors of Chiropractic can teach your loved one some important exercises for their spine that may be helpful in the future.
Our goal is to work with you and support you every step of the way, to do what is best for the one you love and to help them live their life to its fullest potential.