Severe Scoliosis

Severe scoliosis carries a 90% risk of progression. Patients often experience chronic pain and headaches, loss of balance, and digestive disorders. Clothes hang unevenly and severe postural imbalances are noticed, including a “rib hump” and off-centered belly button. Many times the spine is visualized as a “C” or “S” shape when viewing the skin. Many patients struggle with poor body image, social anxiety and depression.

Severe Scoliosis: You may qualify for treatment without surgery

  • Scoliosis curves above 40°
  • May have tilted head, uneven shoulders or hips.
  • Spine may be visualized as a "C" or "S" shape beneath the skin.
  • Often the torso will rotate, pulling the belly button off center.
  • Clothing may hang unevenly.
  • Often have one shoulder blade that is higher than the other and a "rib hump" is prominent.
  • May feel fatigued after physical activity, including sitting or standing for long periods.
  • Often feel clumsy or accident prone.
  • May become easily winded with physical activity
  • May experience pain in spine, most commonly between shoulder blades, at the base of the rib cage and in the low back. Headaches are common.
  • Often recommended for surgery.

The Benefits of Severe Stage Scoliosis Treatment

  • Alleviate pain
  • Increased lung capacity / more room for organs
  • More energy
  • Increased life expectancy

Learn More About Severe Scoliosis

Scoliosis can be a scary and confusing disease. Finding out that your scoliosis is severe will forever change your life. We want you to know that you are not alone. At CLEAR™ Institute, we’re working to find solutions that benefit YOU, the patient. CLEAR™ Institute has been thinking outside the box since 2000 to create scoliosis treatment options that make sense.

Scoliosis is a very serious condition and spinal curves that progress beyond 40 degrees are often recommended for multiple level spinal fusion surgery. While scoliosis surgery has improved over the past several decades, choosing surgery is never easy, and many patients find that the risks and poor treatment outcomes make this a last resort.

Many long-term studies indicate poor treatment outcomes for surgically treated patients and some studies even recommend a second surgery for complete removal of the hardware after bony fusion has taken place. Research indicates that surgical intervention, while potentially necessary at times for very large spinal curves, is primarily a cosmetic procedure, which ultimately leaves the complex condition of scoliosis untreated. The surgical procedure simply transforms the spinal deformity into a permanent spinal dysfunction that often results in chronic pain, disfigurement, and even long-term disability.

Unfortunately, once a diagnosis of severe scoliosis is made, patients are faced with limited choices. The doctors of CLEAR™ Institute have dedicated themselves to finding a better solution.


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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.