Although the National Scoliosis Center (NSC) cares for patients worldwide, most are located in the DC/Baltimore area (thus, the name ‘National’—because of our proximity to Washington, DC) with offices in Fairfax, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland.
Luke Stikeleather, Certified Orthotist is the founder of NSC and has spent over 30 years working with scoliosis patients. In 2015, Luke decided to open his own business after years of working for other orthotists. NSC is exactly what Luke envisioned—a full-service center that is 100% dedicated to using non-surgical, evidence-based medical techniques to treat scoliosis. These techniques include: Rigo Cheneau style bracing, Schroth physical therapy, low-dose X-rays (EOS system), education and emotional support. By combining art and science to designing, creating, fitting, and adjusting custom braces for each patient, Luke and his team have seen significant improvements in his patients’ clinical results.
Hundreds of parents bring children with curved spines to Luke Stikeleather. He makes back braces—and makes wearing them less scary.
Each brace is constructed using state-of-the-art technology. Our Computer-Aided Design (CAD) system generates a 3D image of our patients from which we custom design and fabricate our braces based on the individual patient’s curvature and rotation. The Rigo Cheneau Style brace is our signature custom TLSO brace for treating scoliosis in children and adolescents.
The Rigo Cheneau has been shown to generate better long-term outcomes than more traditional, less customized braces, such as the Boston brace (study of Rigo Cheneau vs. Boston). We also utilize the Providence brace when nighttime-only bracing is appropriate and provide bracing for spinal fractures. Bracing for adults with scoliosis is not as common, but can be utilized part-time for pain relief and improved positioning.
Patients treated with RCOs [Rigo Cheneau] compared with Boston-style TLSOs had…significantly lower rates of spinal surgery.
Schroth therapy is scoliosis-specific therapy for both adults and children. The Schroth method and Rigo Cheneau bracing follow the same principles of elongation, breathing, de-rotation, and improving overall posture and balance—making Schroth therapy an excellent complement to the Rigo Cheneau brace. We collaborate with area Schroth therapists to work with our patients.
To further enhance our full commitment to state-of-the-art scoliosis care, we offer EOS imaging which features a low-dose radiation exposure for X-rays and precise imaging. Considering the necessary frequency of X-rays for those with scoliosis, we feel that offering this service is in keeping with our mission to provide the highest quality of care for our patients.
Finally, we understand that a diagnosis of scoliosis can be scary and the idea of wearing a brace can be worrisome. At NSC, we care and offer all our patients educational resources, support groups, a friendly smile, and encouragement. We are here to make the process more comfortable and successful.