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Scoliosis Treatment San Francisco

scoliosis treatment SFChiro-Medical Group, Inc. (CMG) has been providing treatment for scoliosis in San Francisco for over 23 years.

One of the most non-invasive and effective scoliosis correction tools is the SpineCore Dynamic Corrective Brace. Here is an excerpt from the CMG website explaining how it works: 

SpineCore Dynamic Corrective Brace

There is now a major non-surgical breakthrough in the treatment of scoliosis. This breakthrough is called The SpineCor System, which has the highest success rate for helping patients diagnosed with scoliosis. In fact it stabilizes 87% of scoliosis cases, while not restricting movement, offering far more comfort and being virtually invisible under clothing. The SpineCor System is a soft brace that does not need to be worn 24 hours a day. Dr. Scott Calzaretta (DC) who has been practicing locally for over 23 years in the San Francisco Bay Area is certified to Administer the SpineCor Dynamic Corrective Brace.

Do you have questions about the Spincor Brace and how it can help you or someone you love? Call our knowledgeable staff today to find out information about this remarkable brace. Call us at (415) 495-2225, or use our Contact form to send us a message.

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is the outcome of a progressive 3D deformation of the spine.

Scoliosis affects between 2 and 3% of the population.
Among the most severe scoliosis cases, 8 out of 10 are young females.
Scoliosis begins in childhood or adolescence. It occurs at different ages and is categorized accordingly as an infantile, juvenile or adolescent scoliosis. It can be detected at all ages but as it is very much related to growth, it is most common in adolescence.
In more than 80% of the cases, the real cause of scoliosis remains unknown; this is why it’s called idiopathic. There are many hypotheses being studied by researchers. Heredity and growth control mechanisms are the main focus for modern research. While there is no scientific consensus on the precise cause and progression factors of idiopathic scoliosis, enough is known to improve non-surgical treatments.

If untreated, most severe scoliotic deformations have mid and long-term consequences on:

Vital functions: respiratory and cardiac pathology
Locomotion: pain and mobility limitation
Aesthetic: hunchbacked aspect and short trunk

What kinds of treatments are available?

Brace (non-surgical)
Surgery

WE ALSO BRACE ADULTS: CLICK HERE to find out more infomation about Adult Bracing

Why use The SpineCor system? There is a small window when scoliosis suffers are at the greatest risk. Typically this occurs when children go through puberty. Treating the problem at this vital time can help by stopping or slowing the progress of Scoliosis. The soft brace has been proven to re-educate the muscles. It can reduce, stabilize and often completely reverse a child’s scoliosis.

How is the brace fitted? A specific corrective movement is performed, and the brace is applied according to the SpineCor Assistant Software instructions. The moderate tension in the elastic bands allows the repetition and amplification of the corrective movement as the child undertakes everyday activities. This results in a progressive curve reduction. The brace is worn 20 hours out of 24. The four hours out of the brace must not be taken at once, usually the patient divides them into two breaks: morning and evening. Sports are to be encouraged and done while wearing the brace. To obtain a neuro-muscular integration of the new strategy of movement, the minimum duration of the treatment is 18 months.

Why the brace is unique. The brace was developed by two pediatric surgeons from Sainte-Justin’s hospital in Montreal. It is the first and only truly dynamic brace, which provides a progressive correction of Idiopathic Scoliosis from 15 degree Cobb angles and above. Traditional rigid braces are non-dynamic and promote muscle atrophy. It is the only brace that preserves normal body movement and growth and allows normal activities of daily living. In fact, patients with the SpineCor brace are encouraged to be physically active while wearing the brace.

Please check-out all the information here: Scoliosis Treatment in San Francisco

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Prolotherapy in San Francisco

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Prolotherapy Treatment in San Francisco

Prolotherapy And Chiro-Medical Group San Francisco

As you may or may not already know. Executive Express Chiropractic is under new ownership. The name of our new owner is Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.

Chiro-Medical Group (CMG) specializes in sports injuries and chronic pain syndromes and is one of the only multi-disciplinary sports clinics in San Francisco to offer Prolotherapy.

So, What is Prolotherapy (Here is an excerpt from the CMG main website Prolotherapy page-please read entire article for more info): 

Prolotherapy involves a series of injections designed to produce inflammation in the injured tissue. To appreciate the value of such a seemingly counterproductive measure, you need to know something about connective tissue and how the body normally repairs it.

When tissues are injured, inflammation is a common natural response. It stimulates substances carried in blood that produce growth factors in the injured area to promote healing. Ligaments, tendons and cartilage have very poor blood supplies, which can result in incomplete healing.

The healing process can also be impeded when injuries are treated with anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or Naprosyn, or prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Nsaids) to relieve pain and swelling.

Unlike injections of corticosteroids, which also suppress inflammation and provide only temporary relief for a chronic condition, prolotherapy injections given over the course of several months are meant to provide a permanent benefit. In effect, prolotherapy tricks the body into initiating a healing response.

The technique reactivates the healing process by injecting a mildly irritating substance — commonly a somewhat concentrated sugar solution along with the painkiller lidocaine — into the injured area to stimulate a temporary low-grade inflammation. In some cases, growth factors themselves may be injected.

With growth factors in place at the site of inflammation, new tissue is said to be produced that strengthens lax or unstable ligaments and tendons. The technique may even support damaged or degenerated cartilage, which normally does not repair itself, by strengthening the fibrous connective tissues that stabilize the area.

Practitioners cite experiments in laboratory animals that demonstrated tissue growth in ligaments and tendons stimulated by prolotherapy injections. Two animal studies also showed healing of cartilage defects.

Can Prolotherapy Help You?

You may or may not be a candidate for Prolotherapy. The best thing to do if you have been injured and feel you may be a candidate is to come to our clinic for a consultation with Dr. Wolfer, our Harvard trained Physical Medicine doctor. Simply call 415-495-2225.  

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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San Francisco Chiropractor Review: Scoliosis

The Executive Express Chiropractic "Patient of the Week" is Dominique Maurer. Dominique had been suffering with chronic low back and upper back pain secondary to scoliosis. Dominique was in pain every day which would interfere with her work, home, and exercise schedule. Thanks to a combination of targeted adjustments, exercises, massage, and stretches, provided by our San Francisco Chiropractic team, Domi is feeling much better and life is returning to normal. Check out her video review.

Chiropractor Reviews San Francisco

To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors, call 415-392-2225 and mention this review.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Chiropractic and Childhood Scoliosis

Chiropractor for children in San FranciscoWe have been providing scoliosis treatment in San Francisco for almost 20 years now, for both children and adults. There are two basic kinds of scoliosis, Aquired and Idiopathic (of unknown origin). Chiropractic should be considered as a treatment option for both.

Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that is shaped like a “C” or an “S” when looking at the person from behind. I’m sure you’ve noticed when you’re at a beach, at a swimming pool, or walking in an airport, some people have a high shoulder, walk with a bit of a limp if one leg is short, and may have a shoulder blade that sticks out more than the other. Scoliosis often develops for unknown reasons (hence the term, “idiopathic”) during the adolescent age range between 10 or 11 years old and can progress, not change or less often, improve up to age 16 to 18. During these 4-6 years, the time when the adolescent is growing quickly, the curve often worsens without any intervention but few studies have looked at what types of treatment or combinations of treatment work the best, especially non-surgical methods.

            A recent study was conducted that looked at the response to non-surgical treatment using conventional medical treatment (MT) vs. conventional MT plus chiropractic, as well as conventional MT and “sham” (fake) chiropractic treatment.  This is a pilot study using a small population of patients in order to determine if a larger scale study would be important to run (which was determined to be the case).

            The conventional medical treatment approach included two groups – observation (a “wait and watch” approach) in a braced group verses a non-braced group. The chiropractic treatment group received spinal manipulation using “diversified technique” which is widely used where the patient is treated while lying on their stomach, sides, and back and the type of manipulation used was the thrust type where the “cracking” sound occurs (which is caused by the release of gas from the joint capsules and is technically called cavitation). This was applied to the regions determined by the chiropractor as requiring the treatment by using palpation (touch) methods, postural examination, range of motion, and x-ray and all chiropractors involved had 6-hours of training to assure consistent and similar approaches were used. Treatments were administered (determined by a survey of many chiropractors) at 3x/week for a month, 2x/week for a month, 1x/week for a month, and 2x/month for 3 months or as needed for a total of 6 months. The “sham” or fake chiropractic treatment used the same treatment frequency and similar positioning of the patient but purposely did not obtain a joint cavitation or “crack” but still seemed “real” to the patient.

            The primary outcome used to determine “success” was a reduction of the scoliosis curve measured on x-ray at a 6-month point. Using the standard medical model, those with curves of 20-25 degrees require careful observation, curves 26-40 degrees are potential candidates for bracing, those greater than 40 degrees are potential candidates for surgery and, an increase in curve by more than 5 degrees measured twice a year or every 6-months is considered failure.

            The results are interesting. Of those receiving only conventional medical treatment, none improved and one failed. The same occurred in the conventional MT plus sham/fake chiropractic. NO ONE failed and one improved in the chiropractic treatment plus MT group making it the only successful non-surgical treatment approach in the study. The preliminary findings from this study are huge! Chiropractic treatment in this group of adolescent children was determined to be THE ONLY non-surgical approach that had the ability to maintain (not allow the curve to progress) or even better, improve the curve!

            We realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your health-care services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

For a complimentary scoliosis examination and consultation for your child…please call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post. Our San Francisco Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat scoliosis.

 

By: Dr. Eben Davis

 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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