The Scoliosis Boot Camp Updates for Added Benefit to Patients

June 17, 2013 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Lititz, PA - A scoliosis treatment program based on scoliosis exercises is inspiring and empowering teens to fight back against their condition. The Scoliosis Boot Camp is a 10 day scoliosis exercise based treatment program for patients with curvature of the spine over 25 degrees. In addition to helping to reduce the spinal curvature, the program often has an empowering effect on its teenage patients. This is evidenced by a poem written by one of the patients who recently completed the program.

"I am more than a curved spine on an x-ray. I am not a disease. I am not a condition. I am more than a Cobb angle. The sum of my pieces still equal a whole person. I will not allow my life to be defined by a diagnosis. I will not be categorized as "pre op" or "post op". I believe we can find a better way. I believe we can find a cure. I believe my fight against scoliosis reveals my strength, rather than my weakness. I will never, never, never give up"

The Scoliosis Boot Camp patients generally complete about 4-5 hours of in office treatment per day during the 10 day program in addition to another 45-60 minutes of daily out of office scoliosis exercises. Each patient is then provided with a personalized Scoliosis Boot Camp home rehabilitation program to continue treatment for the next re-evaluation in 4-6 months.

Scoliosis occurs in approximately 4.5 percent of the general population. Scoliosis occurs when the spine of the back forms a C or an S shaped curve. The incidence is greater in females than males. Scoliosis patients have symptoms such back pain, hip pain, leg pain, and muscle spasms and in severe cases digestive symptoms, trouble breathing, and significant disability. About 80 percent of all scoliosis cases are idiopathic (unknown cause).

A few symptoms that could indicate a person might have scoliosis are
  • Uneven shoulders
  • If you wear a shirt or blouse with horizontal stripes and the stripes seem to be going diagonal (this effect caused by body distortion from a curved spine)
  • Rib cage sticks out on one side

  • Scoliosis is often first diagnosed during the teen years at a back to school physical or sports physical. For many years, scoliosis treatment consisted of watching and waiting, rigid back bracing for 23 hours a day for many years, or spinal surgery, depending on the degree of spinal curve. Recently, a new scoliosis treatment programs like the Scoliosis Boot Camp now provide an alternative to scoliosis patients. The Scoliosis Boot Camp program can be utilized on patients as young as 6 years old in certain cases.

    The treatment consists of spinal weighting, vibrational traction, scoliosis traction table and chair, and home exercises. Dr. Stitzel, Scoliosis Boot Camp provider in Lititz Pennsylvania, explains, "Our scoliosis exercise based treatment program (Scoliosis Boot Camp) is based on a unique system of active spine rehabilitation, which is based on restoring normal function and structure. It can benefit the adolescent and adult scoliosis patients in a variety of ways including curve reduction/stabilization, pain reduction, and overall quality of life improvement."

    These exercises for scoliosis are an alternative scoliosis treatment for patients considering spinal fusion surgeries and back braces. Dr. Brian Dovorany (Scoliosis Boot Camp provider located in Green Bay, Wisconsin) reports that although the scoliosis protocol is new, it has out performed spinal surgeries and back bracing in many cases. Almost any age can benefit from the new scoliosis treatment, however advanced spinal arthritis and disc degeneration might limit the effectiveness. Results can be impressive. "Improvements in the curved spine are great, but it's the cosmetic improvements the kids really care about." said Dr. Dovorany.

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    The locations of Lititz, Pa and Green Bay,Wi, have been providing the program for several years now, but the "Scoliosis Boot Camp" programs will also be offered in New York City and Grand Blanc, Michigan as well this year.