• 12-year-old female
  • Initial Cobb angles 53º/71º
  • Risser 3

A school nurse first detected scoliosis in this NY patient. Her family then consulted with doctors who made the official diagnosis of 53° and 71° scoliosis curves. The doctors recommended immediate scoliosis surgery. They also ordered an MRI to rule out any abnormalities (because of the patient’s apparent rapid onset of severe scoliosis).

The MRI, taken that same month, revealed that the Cobb angles (53°/71° in standing x-ray) measured 40°/48° in the supine (lying on back) position. When lying down, there is less gravity weighing on the spine which affects Cobb angle measurement. In certain cases, doctors may order supine x-rays (in addition to standing x-rays) to assess spinal flexibility – but this is not routine.

Wanting to try non surgical scoliosis treatment, her parents decided to make the trip to Boston for a Cheneau-Gensingen brace and a week of Schroth immersion therapy. While the outlook for this degree of curvature is not promising, SJ is a patient with an incredible work ethic who managed to achieve an exceptional result. Her parents also brought her to Boston frequently for close follow-up and brace adjustments as her spine changed throughout treatment.

Her most recent standing x-ray shown on the right (taken just before the patient started weaning from brace wear) revealed Cobb angles of 42° and 46°. Her result is quite an achievement – especially when considering it came from exercise and bracing alone!

What Scoliosis 3DC Patients Are Saying

So Far So Good

“The brace is working out great and I wear for most of the day! So far so good and it seems to fit pretty well.” Read More

Flexibility & Confidence

“My son was so sad to leave them after a week and is already anxious to return!! The brace and therapy have already helped tremendously with my sons flexibility and confidence.” Read More

Major Curve Reduced

“We had the good surprise to find out that the major curve reduced. It is now 17 degrees. She was so happy to see the result of her efforts. So, she continues her exercise routine everyday.” Read More