True Scoliosis Success

Defining Scoliosis Success, why you should not wait and see if your scoliosis gets worse

Scoliosis Academy - Janzen & Janzen Health Center Campbell, CA.

We specialize in conservative care with a specialty in non-surgical scoliosis treatment!


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Why wait to see if the scoliosis gets worse?


The “Watch and Wait” approach is commonly associated with 2 significantly damaging management errors:

    1. Failure to diligently pursue a root-cause based diagnosis, settling on “Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis” as though it is a diagnosis.  In many cases diagnostics aren’t even attempted!  Often, what attempts are made are too limited in their scope and effort. The accepted “wisdom” is that the cause “can’t” be determined. Beware of the word “can’t” in scoliosis. Don’t be too quick to believe a claim that something “can’t” be done.


  1. Waiting way too long.  This approach commonly waits too long to re-check the scoliosis for progress.  It is not uncommon for doctors to wait 6 months to a year in between X-rays, when a 3 month interval is often needed. This approach also tends to be far too late in providing active treatment intervention, allowing rapid progression and permanent deformity and change to settle in while doing nothing about it.  It is important to remember that during adolescent development, scoliosis can sometimes progress at a rate of 5 degrees per month—not per year—per month.  That means a curve could jump 15 degrees in a 3 month “watch and wait” interval.  A curve can easily go from 35 to 50 degrees—and now we have a whole different problem.


Goals and Success


JJHC has 4 primary goals that measure success of every scoliosis case!!

1. To stop curve progression at or before puberty (or possibly even reduce it)!
Adolescent scoliosis tends to rapidly progress during growth spurts.

To the left see example #1: Unfortunately, we see many of these progressions before they reach our office. This has to stop!
See example #2: You’ve seen some of our success stories with big reductions, but sometimes just staying the same can be a huge success going through adolescent growth spurts. Looking at the disaster with example #1, would you be happy with the example #2 over a 15 month period through the growth spurt?
See example #3: Scoliosis is reduced and stable.

2. To prevent or treat respiratory dysfunction.
When the scoliosis deformity begins altering the shape of the rib cage , pressure may be placed on the heart , and lung capacity significantly reduced.

The loss of lung function and pressure on the heart represents one of the more serious consequences of scoliosis. Its prevention is one of the more critical reasons to begin an exercise-based form of scoliosis treatment. Below is an image of a case where lung and heart function can be affected.

3. To prevent or treat spinal pain syndromes.

Most adolescents with scoliosis do not experience significant pain, though some do. As adults however, it is unfortunately more common to have spinal pain syndromes. Taking action now as a child or adolescent can help prevent major problems as an adult. The smaller you can keep that scoliosis, the less “maintenance” your child will have to do for their spine as an adult.

4. To improve aesthetics via postural correction.

Let’s face it, looking good is a very real goal with treating scoliosis. Many teens worry about their rib-bump being noticeable, or a shoulder that is forward or too low. Improving aesthetics can be a huge bonus of getting on top of the scoliosis as soon as possible.

If you or your child have scoliosis, the riskiest thing you could do… is nothing. And how is the “Watch and Wait” approach much different than doing nothing?

The curve can get larger and larger, resulting in more pain, more discomfort, and more problems as the person ages. That is why it is very important to address the problem early on. Most children with mild scoliosis have curves of less than 20 degrees. The Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s leading orthopedic treatment and research centers, recommends regular checkups every four to six months to monitor progress. However, we have found waiting and monitoring, in many cases, results in a curve that gets worse. If a curve gets worse, it becomes much more difficult to treat and reduce.

We recommend treating the curve early on and not waiting. If we can induce the body and the spine to reestablish and maintain a straighter configuration early on, the chances of progression decrease greatly.

Reducing Scoliosis Curves
Pushing The Limits of What Is Possible with Adolescent Scoliosis Treatment

An effective curve reduction program depends upon these two simple strategies

1: Target the root cause. The primary driving force of the scoliosis is identified and neutralized.
2: 24/7 Scoliosis Correction. Hold the spine in a straighter position 24/7 through a combination of bracing, ADL posture training, corrective traction, and effective neuro-muscular re-education exercises.

The opportunity to reduce a scoliosis exists for most adolescent cases. The “window of opportunity” is greatest when the curve is still flexible (caught early, and treatment started immediately). We are always working hard to help you push the limits of what is thought “possible”.

Contact Janzen and Janzen Health Center now to discuss potential non surgical scoliosis care with us by contacting us via contact page or by calling us at (408) 379-0133

Janzen and Janzen Health Center and Scoliosis Academy is located in Campbell, CA.

Every scoliosis case is different, and must be treated as such. The ScoliAcademy™ at Janzen and Janzen Health Center is an individualized program that uses methods from across the world to achieve effective long-term success for each scoliosis case.

The ultimate goal of ScoliAcademy™ is to teach every scoliosis patient how they can take care of and manage their scoliosis for the rest of their life.

The ScoliAcademy™ is typically a 2-4 week initial in-office scoliosis treatment program with quarterly follow ups through skeletal maturity, or until goals are reached. Its purpose is to utilize the in-office treatment time to allow the doctors and therapists to determine what variety of scoliosis treatments will work best for each individuals.
* Schroth Based Physiotherapy
* Activities of Daily Living Training
* Strengthening Exercises
* Flexibility Training Protocols
* 3D Scoliosis Academy Brace
* Nerve Elongation Protocols
* Root cause testing and treatment
Contact Info
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Janzen & Janzen Health Center (JJHC)
256 East Hamilton Ave., Suite F Campbell, CA 95008 USA