For chiropractors who find themselves called to serve the scoliosis population, CLEAR Scoliosis Certification provides a comprehensive, effective, and evidence-based approach to achieving consistently excellent results in people suffering from this spinal disorder.
In designing the CLEAR Scoliosis Treatment Protocols, the CLEAR Scoliosis Institute evaluated all of the various factors that influence a positive long-term outcome, and also considered the practical needs of people living with scoliosis who are in need of care. After a careful review of the experiences of dozens of doctors in treating hundreds of scoliosis patients, two recommended care plans were created, Standard Treatment and Intensive Care.
Standard Treatment is designed to achieve long-term results in patients who can conveniently travel to and from a location with a CLEAR certified doctor. Intensive Care Treatment is designed to achieve short-term results in patients who are not located near a CLEAR-certified doctor. These treatment plans are only recommended guidelines, and the exact frequency and duration of care may be changed at the discretion of the treating doctor.
Standard Treatment Certification
Standard Treatment Certification is the first level of certification in the CLEAR Scoliosis Treatment Protocols. It certifies that a doctor has all of the necessary training and equipment to help people living with scoliosis with the CLEAR protocols. Patients typically live within driving distance of the CLEAR Scoliosis Center. Due to the fact that the patient lives close to the doctor and can commit to regular office visits, it is much easier for the doctor to monitor the patient’s progress, evaluate external factors that may be affecting treatment and encourage compliance with the mandatory home exercise program.
The process for achieving Standard Treatment certification is outlined below. While the last four steps may be accomplished in any particular order, past experience has suggested the order outlined below is the most efficient way to achieve CLEAR certification.
- Lecture seminar (Parts 1 & 2) – may be taken online (CE credits are available for online courses in most states)
- Qualification Exam – necessary to complete before registering for Part 3
- Hands-on workshop (Part 3) – must be attended in person*
- Spend a minimum of five (5) days training in a certified clinic
- Submit an Initial Case Study to CLEAR Institute
- Practical Hands-on Examination – must be taken in person
Once a chiropractor has achieved Standard Treatment certification, in order to maintain their certification status they are required to attend at least one workshop every year and continually submit data to CLEAR every year.
* Only Doctors of Chiropractic and students currently enrolled at a chiropractic college are allowed to attend Part 3 (the Hands-on Workshop). Members of all healthcare specialties are welcome to attend Parts 1 & 2 of the CLEAR Scoliosis Seminar series. Parts 1 & 2 of the seminar are considered to be the “Lecture” portion of the seminar, and are available to attend online.
Intensive Care Certification
When a doctor becomes certified in the CLEAR methods, they are granted the right to provide Standard treatment plans ONLY. Intensive Care Treatment Plans were established to provide the maximum benefit to the patient in the shortest period of time. It must be recognized, however, that this requires the patient to assume a much greater responsibility for follow-through after the initial phase of care than Standard Treatment plans.
Intensive Care (IC) certification requires additional training and testing. It is more difficult and demanding to provide, and CLEAR wants to ensure that every doctor who offers Intensive Care plans can meet or exceed the expectations of their patients.
Becoming Intensive Care Certified is a much more detailed and involved process than achieving Standard Treatment Certification. Doctors working on an intensive care basis have very little room for error. Since the doctor only works with the patient for a short period of time, any mistakes resulting in lost time can hinder the effectiveness of the treatment. For this reason, IC Certification is rigorous, extensive, and granted only to those doctors who have demonstrated complete mastery of the CLEAR protocols.
To achieve IC Certification, the doctor must:
- Maintain Treatment Certification for at least one year*
- Submit at least two (2) valid Case Studies (beyond the first one required to achieve Treatment Certification), each showing a reduction in the total Cobb angles of 25% or greater
- Attend at least one (1) Advanced Workshop, study an online presentation, and pass the Advanced Written Exam
- Spend a minimum of five (5) days training in an IC-certified clinic
- After achieving IC Treatment Certification, the doctor must submit an IC Case Study on their first patient to CLEAR Institute within three (3) months, or their IC status will be revoked until this is done
Intensive Care certified doctors are expected to adhere to the same annual certification renewal processes that apply to all certified doctors, and may be held to a higher standard in certain regards. Any doctor that cannot maintain the expected high standards for Intensive Care certification is expected to immediately inform CLEAR Institute of this fact and return to only providing treatment to patients on a Standard treatment basis.
* The time requirement can be waived if the doctor submits three (3) additional Case Studies, for a total of six. Five of these must demonstrate a reduction in total Cobb angles of 25% or greater.