Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the CLEAR Scoliosis Institute and our method of scoliosis treatment.
CLEAR is an acronym that stands for Chiropractic Leadership, Educational Advancement, and Research. We are a Non-Profit organization seeking to improve the level of care and the level of evidence in regards to the chiropractic treatment of scoliosis. We provide training and education on scoliosis to individual doctors of chiropractic. Doctors who have gone through our Certification Process are allowed to refer to their privately-owned clinics as CLEAR Scoliosis Centers.
According to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (the chiropractic parallel to the NBME), 2.7 million visits are made to chiropractors every year for scoliosis or scoliosis-related complaints. This is despite research showing that the practices employed by most chiropractors to treat scoliosis are typically ineffective, even in mild cases (Lantz et al 2001).
CLEAR recognizes this problem, and the lack of quality evidence regarding chiropractic scoliosis treatment. We do not want to be a part of the problem; we want to be a part of the solution. Our goal is to work together with the established scoliosis community. We understand that, when egos clash, it is the patients who suffer.
We recognize that chiropractic is outside of the guidelines for the conservative treatment of scoliosis. We also recognize that only through scientific research will we have a chance at becoming an accepted method of treatment. Furthermore, we do not believe every chiropractor has the required training and expertise to manage every case of scoliosis effectively. This is why we created the CLEAR Scoliosis Treatment Protocols and the CLEAR Certification Process for our doctors.
All doctors certified by the CLEAR Scoliosis Institute are taught to encourage orthopedic co-management with all of their scoliosis patients. In cases of severe scoliosis (above 40 degrees), they are taught that it is a requirement. In all aspects, we strive to be honest and ethical, and never to limit their options.
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