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Two days into treatment: We see incredible results already. X-rays were taken today. The doctor will review them and will possibly tell us his findings tomorrow. I see the hump in her back decreasing and her posture is a lot better. She is also significantly more flexible than she has been for the past few years. Before, when I hugged her, it felt like hugging a stiff mannequin and it was painful to her if I hugged to hard. Just yesterday I hugged her and her body was very soft and pliable.
The day after she completed treatment: This doctor explained to us every detail that the x-rays revealed. I will try to explain as best as I can. We are all supposed to have a forward curve in the neck of 45 degrees; Francesca's curve was at -17 degrees, meaning that much work needed to be achieved in the neck to bring back the curvature to +45 degrees. There was an improvement of 6 degrees in the positive direction, so she now has 11 more degrees to be at a neutral point.
Also her vertebrae were rotated, making her head off center by 2 1/2 mm. There was also ligament damage due to this unnatural rotation- the therapy helped de-rotate the vertebrae so her skull is perfectly centered and the ligaments are now completely healed. She now has to maintain those positive changes through home rehab with equipment which we brought home and a daily rigorous exercise routine.
Since a normal curve is needed in the neck for the spine to move back to its proper place, once that curve is achieved the process to reverse the thoracic curve will be much faster. She had a 7 degree improvement on the thoracic curve and the hump she had on the right side improved by a few degrees inward.
The lumbar area (curve) is now perfectly centered and the hips were rotated to bring her -4 degrees of imbalance to a -2. We still have 2 more degrees to go for the hips to be totally straight and both at the same height and level.
These improvements are an incredible encouragement to Francesca and to all of us. Francesca said that the greatest thing she walked away with from this whole process is 'HOPE'! She thought there was no way of getting around that dreadful surgery and that she would have to have it at one point or another. She now feels full of hope for her future and though she will probably never have a perfectly straight back she will be able to maintain it outside the range of surgery. We will return again in February for another week of intensive scoliosis treatment.
My name is Deb Wilson. I live in Franklin, NC, and am 52 years old. I was diagnosed at age 12 with scoliosis, so I've been living with this condition for many years. As each year has passed, my spinal curve has worsened - to the point where even everyday tasks such as sweeping the floor or lifting a gallon of milk had become difficult due to the discomfort caused by scoliosis. Even walking with my husband has become painful. If you are reading this, and have scoliosis, you know exactly what I mean.
We recently made a consultation appointment with a surgeon, thinking this was our only course. Let me say that I am not opposed to surgery in general. I've had several other types of surgery, with good results. However, I had two major concerns about straightening my spine this way - 1) the cost! and 2) the lack of mobility I would be living with the rest of my life. I was willing to proceed, though, thinking there were no other options.
Then, through an old friend, we were told about the CLEAR Institute, and the progress that scoliosis patients have been making through the CLEAR Inst. chiropractic treatments. I tried not to get my hopes up, thinking that the treatments probably catered more towards adolescents with less severe curves than mine. After visiting the CLEAR Institute website, and reading all the information, I discovered I was wrong (I was never so happy to be wrong before in my life!). I learned that other adults with severe scoliosis, like me, had realized great improvements through the CLEAR Institute Chiropractic treatments. I was amazed that these patients have been able to reverse their curves! I was afraid it was one of those "too good to be true" things, but the more I read, the more I became convinced that surgery was not my only option - and that I could be helped through chiropractic treatment.
I learned that there are currently just five doctors in the country certified for the two-week intensive treatment program necessary for those with extensive spinal damage. I chose to go to Dr. Brian Kean at the Advanced Health & Physical Medicine in Greenville, NC.
Upon arriving for my two-week program, I was measured, weighed, and x-rayed. I was 4' 101/2" tall (due to 'shrinking' caused by the scoliosis), had a 68 degree cobb angle, and a lot of spinal degeneration.
After going over all my x-rays, Dr. Kean met with my husband and myself, and explained the treatment I would be undergoing. Let me intersect here that prior to going to Greenville, I had read the information on their website, and had gained some knowledge of the treatment program. Still, Dr. Kean really educated us, and graciously explained everything thoroughly - and - I got started right away.
I cannot praise Dr. Kean, his associate Dr. Geskie, and their staff enough. From our initial meeting with Dr. Kean and Dr. Geskie, and throughout my two-week program, it was evident to me that their primary concern was the welfare and healing of their patients. Not only did they really know what they were doing, they truly cared about me and how I was doing. They were always willing to answer my questions, or to make any accommodations or adjustments (pun intended) I needed. The young women working in the office were wonderful! They were knowledgeable, helpful, encouraging, and very caring as well. By the end of my two-week session, they felt like family! I wanted to bring them home with me, but then they wouldn't be available to treat others like me who desperately need help.
Briefly, my two-week program involved 2 - 2 1/2 hours each morning and afternoon of exercises, adjustments, and time on several machines - most importantly the scoliosis chair, which is described on the website. Anyone considering this treatment needs to be aware that there is time and effort involved - but the results are worth every minute - and every ounce of energy expended!
Results - that's what you really want to hear about, I'm sure. Well... upon leaving Kean Chiropractic Center, I was 5' 1/8", had decreased my cobb angle by 7 degrees, and had greatly improved my neck (which is crucial to the entire spine). I was thrilled with these results! It was incredible to me that having my spine continually worsen over 40 years - in just two-weeks we actually reversed my curve. To someone without scoliosis, 7 degrees may not seem like much, but to me it was huge! It gave me confidence that as I continue my rehabilitation program at home, my curvature will continue to lessen - and my spine will continue to straighten. I wish I could express better how thankful I am that this treatment is available - and that I was made aware of it before choosing surgery.
I'm also very grateful to Dr. Kean and his staff. They've given me a hope that I will keep improving, and that in time, my back will be straighter than it has been in many years. Who knows, I might even reach 5"3"!
I had previously seen a few other chiropractors. I found Dr. Kean on the internet. He helped my condition. It has improved through treatment so well that I am back to my usual activities (swimming, school, and work). I have no more pain when carrying out everyday activities. My words of encouragement are: Chiropractic Works!
I did some research online and found out that my choices were bracing or surgery. I'm pretty young and wasn't ready to have major spinal surgery. I found the CLEAR-Institute website. I called and got information from them. They recommended Dr. Kean. After 3 months of scoliosis treatment therapies I have had a 17 % reduction in my scoliosis curve. I am currently treating there and look forward to seeing my improvement at my next re-exam.
We immediately scheduled an appointment with a pediatric orthopedic physician. We were told that Emily had a scoliosis curve of 20 degrees and that she would need to wear a brace for 23 hours a day, every day. It amazed me how everyone that we met with was so very casual and nonchalant about the brace and how significantly this would change Emily’s life. Shortly after being fitted for the brace, our family took a trip that would change our lives forever.
While on vacation, a family friend who happens to be a chiropractor encouraged us to research CLEAR Institute. She told us about Dr. Woggon who was making great advances with scoliosis utilizing non-traditional methods. I looked up CLEAR on the web and submitted an email inquiring about the program and requesting more information.
Within 24 hours, someone from CLEAR, contacted me. They were very helpful with answering my questions. We were very excited about the prospect of getting Emily treatment that required only physical therapy and exercise. We were even more delighted when we found that even though there are only 11 physicians in the United States who provide intensive scoliosis treatment, we had a doctor just 2.5 hours from our home.
We called Kean Chiropractic Center and made our first appointment for two weeks of intensive treatment. We would stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville, NC for the time that my daughter was being treated. Our first experience was amazing – Emily had great results, decreasing her curves by over half!
Dr. Kean and his staff made us all feel extremely comfortable with the exercises and treatment. Over this past year, Emily has grown over 4 inches in height. She has consistently been able to maintain and even decrease her curves with treatments and exercises. Her posture has improved tremendously.
Emily has exercises that she performs daily at home which she says is “so much better than having to wear that brace.” Our family has been blessed to have found Dr. Kean. The care that we received at Kean Chiropractic Center is superb and Emily is a huge testament to what chiropractic care can do for anyone with health issues.