Our team is educated, friendly and willing to help you and your son or daughter navigate non-operative scoliosis care.
To that end, we encourage you to learn more. Here are some helpful links:
Scolios-us: A web-based platform intended to empower scoliosis patients with the tools and resources they need to be successful brace-wearers.
Success Stories: Hear from patients of the National Scoliosis Center.
Girls: Talk to other girls with scoliosis, contact Curvy Girls and find a group near you!.
Medline Plus: Helpful links with easy-to-read descriptions and definitions.
Scoliosis Research Society: Good source of basic information.
National Scoliosis Foundation: General information on scoliosis.
The Center for Young Women’s Health: Good resource for young girls.
Scolios-us: a web-based platform intended to empower scoliosis patients with the tools and resources they need to be successful brace-wearers.
Scoliosis Insights: Learn more about scoliosis from our experts and colleagues.
Our patients come from all over the United States, Canada and sometimes further. To ensure patients experience a smooth and enjoyable visit, we utilize special procedures to accommodate traveling families. These include: a condensed appointment schedule, assistance with lodging, and ongoing communication with your referring doctor back home.
Typically, our patients make two visits a year, each lasting 1-2 days in the office. Schedules vary, however, a typical out-of-town agenda follows:
Day 1: At 8am, the patient is scanned to obtain custom measurements for their brace. Afterward, the patient and their family generally spend the day visiting the area including the National Mall, with world-class museums and historic monuments. Our Orthotists block off a significant portion of their day to design and fabricate the brace. The patient returns for a 2-hour appointment in the late afternoon for the brace delivery and fitting. This 2nd appointment may be moved to Day 2 if patient prefers a later start time.
Day 2: The next morning, the patient returns after wearing the brace for the remainder of Day 1 and overnight. They will also get an EOS in-brace X-ray at this time to determine in-brace spine correction. Based on these images and any areas of discomfort, adjustments are made by our Orthotists at this time. Afterward, the patient generally returns home.
6-Month Follow-Up Visit
Day 1: The patient comes in for an out-of-brace EOS x-ray and our Orthotists make changes to the brace based on growth, changes in curvature, or any areas of discomfort. This visit usually requires a 1-night stay, with the patient returning home after the appointment.
We generally need to repeat this 2-visit cycle every year until the child has reached skeletal maturity. However, if the patient’s Orthopedist does not recommend a new brace at the 1-year mark, the patient will only need to come in for a brace tune-up and any recommended adjustments based on the out-of-brace X-ray.
Here are a few fashion tips to discreetly wear your brace:
Use Patterns – Patterns will busy the eye to make the lines of the brace less noticeable
Wear loose-fitting clothing – Loose fitting tops can conceal the piece
Layer clothing – Typically, this is done with wearing a form-fitting tank and a loose shirt or sweater over
Draw attention to other areas – Necklaces, cool shoes, or a shiny pair of earrings can draw the eye away from the torso
Longer hair – The most visible part of the brace is the top edge, rear view. Having longer hair can either completely hide or soften the edge.