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How Will This Treatment Affect My Quality Of Life


The Cobb angle is not the only factor involved in scoliosis treatment; indeed, it is not even the most important. In a recent survey of scoliosis experts and patients, Cobb angle was not even in the top ten most important factors to consider when working with scoliosis. Much more important is how the treatment will affect your physical and emotional well-being – what doctors refer to as your health-related quality of life. If bracing were 100% guaranteed to prevent scoliosis from getting worse, some teenagers might still not consider it worth the social anxiety and isolation caused by wearing a brace around their friends and peers in high school. If the goal of treatment is to prevent problems from developing down the road, but the treatment causes problems to develop right now, the trade-off might not be worth it for some people.

Many people living with scoliosis are concerned about their appearance, posture, and the symmetry of their bodies – not every treatment method can improve these factors. If it is important to you, make sure your doctor knows it, and your chosen treatment method can help you with it.


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"I struggled with back pain for 4 years prior to seeking help for my Scoliosis. I decided after visiting Dr. Breidenbach that it was worth the financial commitment and time dedication to go through the CLEAR scoliosis treatment. My pain throughout the 4 years was more of an extreme discomfort and occasional immobilization from immense pain spikes. My biggest problems occurred when I was on my feet for long periods of time, sitting for too long, and any type of consecutive lifting. It was emotionally draining because no matter what stretches, exercises or methods I tried, nothing seemed to work.
My pain level now, after completing the 4 month treatment program and continuing my at-home protocol, is extremely low and very manageable. The only time I experience discomfort is after very long days on my feet, which still only results in minor soreness. I am so much happier and less stressed about everyday activities, and can do so much more than before. My Cobb angle also improved from 13.8 degrees down to 4 degrees (71% improvement).
I would suggest the CLEAR scoliosis Center of La Crosse to anyone that experiences pain and dysfunction with scoliosis. The whole staff was extremely kind and supportive, while also maintaining a high level of professionalism. I am so happy to have a normal life without the constant annoyance and discomfort of pain from scoliosis.