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We pride ourselves in our ability to treat scoliosis effectively without surgery or cumbersome brace-wear. However, we know we can’t be everywhere. Check and see if there’s a CLEAR doctor near you. And if not, don’t worry, there are still ways for you to get quality alternative treatment.

If there isn’t a CLEAR doctor within a comfortable daily driving distance from your home, you still have options. Our Intensive Care (IC) clinics provide treatment twice a day over 1 to 2 weeks so that you only need to make one trip. Patients like Rosemarie have experienced inspiring results with this compressed treatment schedule, and we have also conducted case studies (on both teenagers and adults) showing that this approach can be effective, even in the long-term.

In comparison, a Standard Care Treatment Plan means regular clinic visits, typically 3 times a week for 4 weeks, then twice a week for 6 weeks, and eventually once a week for 12 weeks.

To find an Intensive Care clinic that offers a compressed schedule, look for doctors with an Intensive Care certification level on our Find a Doctor page.

Traveling to a CLEAR Scoliosis Clinic

All CLEAR doctors go through a rigorous training process and every scoliosis patient receives the same quality services at every CLEAR clinic. Intensive Care doctors have simply gone through additional training in order to be able to provide these same services in a shorter time frame.

That said, there are some non-medical considerations that you should think about when choosing an Intensive Care clinic:

  • Ease of travel and flying to the location
  • Availability of rental vehicles or other transportation options if arriving by air
  • Whether or not you have friends and family in the area for support
  • Your options for nearby accommodations and meals
  • Nearby attractions and activities to enjoy when not at the clinic

Contact a CLEAR Doctor About Your Case

Once you’ve picked a clinic, it’s time to get in touch with them using the contact information in our directory. You’ll be asked to describe your case, and the clinic will send you a consultation form.

From here, you’ll also fill out a medical records release form and send it to any physician involved in your care, so that they may send copies of your records and x-rays to your chosen CLEAR doctor. This helps your CLEAR doctor understand everything that’s happened in your case, from your scoliosis diagnosis to the present day, and identify any gaps in the information they need before you arrive at their clinic.

A typical CLEAR treatment session is most likely very different from other more traditional scoliosis treatment methods you may have tried. When you’re ready, you and a CLEAR chiropractor will have a consultation over the phone to talk about treatment and answer any questions you might have about the process.

Schedule Your Treatment

Ready to schedule your trip to a clinic? Timing can be important. For school-aged children, many people choose to schedule during the summer, week-long breaks, and holiday time. If you plan to target these busy periods, plan on scheduling at least two months in advance. Otherwise, you’ll only need to schedule about a month ahead of time.

Grow the CLEAR Network Where You Live

We know that traveling to a clinic is not always an option. But don’t give up hope on alternative treatment – encourage chiropractors in your area to consider becoming CLEAR certified!  Your local doctor might be interested in the CLEAR approach, and if so, you can refer them to our website for more information.

Although only chiropractors can provide CLEAR treatment, both MDs and DCs can find resources specifically designed for them, like training seminars, advanced scoliosis adjusting protocols, and tips on X-ray analysis for chiropractors. There are also detailed descriptions about how CLEAR is different from traditional chiropractic and the science behind CLEAR treatment as well as ways that we can work together for medical doctors and orthopedic surgeons.

Consider At-Home Exercises And Stretching

Even though you don’t have a local CLEAR doctor, you can still explore natural options for improving your quality of life. Stretching and yoga are great examples and can be done in the comfort of your own home. While these low-impact exercises don’t usually reduce the scoliosis, they can help you relax, feel better, and strengthen your muscles. And like any new physical activity or treatment, you should check in with a scoliosis specialist – preferably one who can answer these questions to your satisfaction – before starting a stretching or yoga routine to make sure that it is right for you.

It can be challenging to find the right care that meets your needs, especially when that means looking beyond your hometown for treatment. We hope that this post sheds some light on some of your options, including traveling to an Intensive Care clinic, recommending the CLEAR approach to a local doctor, and exploring at-home exercises.

How do you get alternative treatment options in areas where scoliosis experts are scarce? Have you tried an Intensive Care clinic for scoliosis treatment? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

16 comments on “What to Do if There Isn’t a CLEAR Doctor Near You”

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    william g. carter 308 Faulkner Street,Clover,SC. 29710 ph .# 803-820-0160 on December 1, 2016

    My daughter Victoria, 15 has a scoliosis.( 26 degreees) I am interested in a two week or shorter intensive care situation. We live in Clover , SC about 30 miles south-west of Charlotte, N.C. How much would an intensive schedule of treatment cost. I have federal blue cross- blue shield insurance. Is there a particular clinic you would recommend to get some help ASAP?

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      Dr. Josh Woggon on December 2, 2016

      Hello! The CLEAR Scoliosis Institute is a Non-Profit Organization providing training & education to individual doctors of chiropractic. Once a doctor becomes certified, they are allowed to refer to their clinic as a CLEAR Scoliosis Center. However, each clinic is responsible for setting their own insurance billing policies and fees, so you will need to reach out to each clinic directly in order to find out what they charge. They will also be able to tell you whether they are in-network or out-of-network with your insurance company, and provide you with a list of questions to ask your insurance company so that you can determine how much of the treatment cost they might reimburse. To find a list of the clinics nearest you, click on the Find a Doctor link at the top=middle or bottom-right of the page, and enter in your zip code on the search field. All of the CLEAR doctors are wonderful people with a passion for helping those with scoliosis, and have completed the same rigorous training to ensure that you will receive the best possible results, no matter which clinic you choose. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can provide additional assistance or information!
      care@clear-institute.org

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    Ola T. Zakaria on May 6, 2017

    Iam 28 yrs old , I have lumbar levo scoliosis (40 degrees) but the problem that I live in Egypt …. is there anyway I could find a clear certified doctor in egypt ?
    Or if there is any other way I could benefit from your treatment ways … I would love to be a research subject as a way to help find a cure for scoliosis

    1. 4
      Dr. Josh Woggon on May 11, 2017

      While we do not currently have any CLEAR Certified doctors in Egypt, you may find this blog post helpful: https://www.clear-institute.org/blog/no-clear-doctor-near-you/
      Our seminars are available online, and if you can find a chiropractor or physical therapist in your area who is interested in learning more about the CLEAR methods, they would certainly be welcome to sign up. The insights they gain from the seminar could be very useful in helping them to manage your condition!

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    Robin on May 15, 2017

    It looks like there aren’t any CLEAR doctors in the Dallas area. I just want to make sure this is still the case. Thank you.

    1. 6
      Dr. Josh Woggon on May 16, 2017

      That is correct, although we have one doctor in Dallas who is currently going through the Certification process. Hopefully we will have one in a few months – please check back soon!

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    Patricia on July 16, 2017

    I have scoliosis and live in the Sacramento area. I am registered with a gym to increase strength throughout my entire body and would like to know what upper body exercises I can and cannot do. I am 73 years old and am worried that some exercises will cause my scoliosis (56 degrees) to get worse. Your closes doctor is too far for me to travel. Maybe you know of someone in the Sacramento area who has not gone through the certification process but is still skilled with exercises.

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      Dr. Josh Woggon on July 17, 2017

      Unfortunately, I do not know of any conservative scoliosis specialists in the Sacramento area. There are a few chiropractic clinics in your area which claim to treat scoliosis patients, but they do not have any type of credentialing, certification, or advanced training in spinal deformities. Perhaps someone else on the forum might have a recommendation for you. Alternatively, you could send this information to local chiropractors in your area and find out if any of them would be interested in taking the CLEAR online scoliosis seminar! https://www.clear-institute.org/clear-certification/why-become-clear-certified/
      https://www.clear-institute.org/doctor-resources/dc/

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    Vishal on August 3, 2017

    Hello,

    I am in Seattle. I see that the nearest CLEAR certified chiropractor is in Oregon. Are there plans to have CLEAR certified doctors in Seattle, WA in the near future?

    1. 10
      Dr. Josh Woggon on August 7, 2017

      You’re in luck! Dr. Scot Sorum is in Bellevue, WA (www.AdvancedSpinalRehab.com).
      If there isn’t a CLEAR Certified Doctor in your area, please read our blog post, What to Do if There Isn’t a CLEAR Doctor Near You: https://www.clear-institute.org/blog/no-clear-doctor-near-you/

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    Reina on September 1, 2017

    Hello,

    Do you know if there are any chiropractors in the Philadelphia area who are currently in training? There is no one certified right now in my area. Thank you.

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      Dr. Josh Woggon on September 12, 2017

      There are a few doctors in Pennsylvania who have undergone CLEAR training, but unfortunately it is our policy not to recommend any doctors who have not completed the full certification process. Please sign up for our newsletter (at the bottom of any page) to be notified of any new doctors immediately once they become certified!

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    Christina on October 5, 2017

    Hello. I am on Cleveland, Ohio. I didnt find a Clear Dr nearby. I did print off the list of questions to ask. I saw a chiropractor twice however I didn’t feel comfortable worth him. Any other suggestions? I need to find treatment quickly as I’m getting worse, not better. Thank you for your time.

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      Dr. Josh Woggon on October 5, 2017

      Hello! The CLEAR Institute, as an organization, can only outreach to chiropractors and encourage them to undergo the process to become CLEAR Certified. We often recognize states and regions where there is a high number of patients seeking CLEAR treatment, who have no Certified doctor nearby to treat them – Ohio is one such state. I will actually be speaking at the Ohio State Chiropractic Association this October 21st in Columbus; my sincere hope is that there will be one or more doctors in the audience who will recognize the need for a CLEAR Doctor in Ohio, and go through the process to become certified! While it usually takes doctors around six months to complete the training process, you can sign up for the CLEAR newsletter to receive immediate notifications of newly certified doctors.

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    sam on October 8, 2017

    My 12 1/2 daughter has been diagnosed with curve of 42 1/2.. with about 2 more years of growth left. Initially surgery was the only talk, but now they are wanting to do brace as she could live with a 42 curve with minimum consequences. we live in Arkansas. Interested in back strengthening and natural way to prevent continued curve until we can get her growth completed. Any help is appreciated. thank you

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      Dr. Josh Woggon on October 15, 2017

      Hello,

      Unfortunately we do not currently have any CLEAR doctors in Arkansas. You may find this blog post helpful: https://www.clear-institute.org/blog/no-clear-doctor-near-you/

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