Dr. Marc Lamantia and Dr. Gary Deutchman Offer Non-Surgical Treatment for Adults with Scoliosis
New York, New York; According to the International Scoliosis Society, scoliosis, a condition that causes an abnormal curvature of the spine, affects approximately 3% of the U.S. population, which roughly equals 6 million people, the majority being adults with pain and increasing deformity. Many cases of scoliosis go untreated for two reasons, firstly because early signs are often subtle, and secondly there is a general lack of consumer awareness that adults can receive treatment. Newer imaging techniques from Europe have become available in the United States, making screening highly accurate, and scoliosis monitoring harmless (see insert). In addition, new treatments have now emerged for both Children and Adults. The Spinecorporation LTD , developer of the Spinecor brace for Adolescent scoliosis, recently released the first Dynamic Flexible Scoliosis brace for adults. In the past, there have not been many options for adults suffering from the late effects of Adolescent onset scoliosis, or from the degenerative adult onset variety. Conflicting medical opinions have left many patients searching for new innovations. Dr. Marc Lamantia and Dr. Gary Deutchman have pioneered the use of the Spinecor brace for adults beginning in 2004, and since have fitted thousands of adults with the dynamic flexible brace. With offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Raleigh, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Denver, Buffalo, St. Louis, Los Angeles/Ontario California and the San Francisco bay area, they are considered the country's leading doctors for non-surgical scoliosis treatment for adults. In addition to training at St. Justine's hospital in Montreal, they have presented their findings in Barcelona, Spain and Boston Massachusetts. "SpineCor has made scoliosis treatment easier and more effective than ever before", says Dr. Deutchman. "It can significantly change a patients overall quality of life."
Both doctors believe there is a significant lack of education and awareness in the U.S. for people suffering from scoliosis, and therefore continue to make information readily available, through their practice and the non-profit Scoliosis Care Foundation, on new treatments and providers who offer treatment.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis occurs when an otherwise healthy spine curves from side to side in either an "s" shaped direction or a "c" shape. The cause of this condition is not directly known, although it has been identified as hereditary, with children of parents with scoliosis facing a 30% chance of developing the condition. Scoliosis is not caused by slouching, standing with bad posture, or sleeping in certain positions, as many urban legends suggest. If Left untreated, scoliosis can cause serious health problems including rib deformity, shortness of breath, digestive problems, chronic fatigue, acute or dull back pain, leg, hip, and knee pain, acute headaches, mood swings, and menstrual disturbances. Adults suffering with Scoliosis are not ideal candidates for surgery or the use of the more conventional rigid braces used since the 1950's. The Spinecor Adult brace marks a milestone in adult scoliosis treatment. The brace is comfortably worn under the clothes while creating spinal offloading and corrective postures designed to reduce pain and further curvature progression. Advances in design include pelvic shorts which make Spinecor even more comfortable than before.
What is the difference between ASA (Adolescent Scoliosis in the Adult) and DDS (Degenerative De-novo Scoliosis)?
ASA is Scoliosis which developed during puberty and is now present in an adult. Commonly, this type of scoliosis is well balanced and progresses at a slow rate. DDS scoliosis is a curvature which originated in adulthood either from degenerative spine disease or injury. DDS is more likely to progress quickly and often is associated with arthritis and disc disease. Either way, both cause pain and both will respond to Adult treatment.
What is the Difference Between a SpineCor and a Traditional Hard Brace?
Traditional treatment of scoliosis through bracing involves the use of a rigid plastic jacket that restricts movement and ultimately decreases awareness of body movement and muscle control. The dynamic elastic tension brace allows the body's natural reflexes to improve muscle recruitment patterns, which can help to alleviate scoliosis. Muscle control and recruitment are key in correcting a curved spine, and by using SpineCor, adults experience spinal offloading and postural correction, which enables them to re-train their muscles without a cumbersome and restrictive appliance. SpineCor also improves one's quality of social life, as it allows adults to discretely treat their spinal condition while continuing to work and play without an obtrusive, and often embarrassing brace that must be worn over clothes. SpineCor can be worn comfortably and discretely underneath clothes and acts to create appropriate movement patterns.
About Dr. Marc Lamantia, D.C., DACNB
Dr. Marc Lamantia, M.S. D.C., DACNB is a board certified Chiropractic Neurologist and is currently pursuing his PhD in Neuropsychology Rehabilitation. Dr. Lamantia is a founding member of the research based Society of Spinal and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) as well as an adjunct faculty member at the New York Chiropractic College and Life College of Chiropractic West. Dr. Lamantia is licensed throughout the United States, and maintains 14 satellite offices where he personally sees patients. Dr. Lamatia's current and future research projects include Schroth Certification for 3 dimensional scoliosis treatment, research to identify the effects of chronic spinal deformities on brain function, and heading the Science Advisory board for the Non-profit Scoliosis Care Foundation. His unique training and many years of clinical experience are invaluable in the management of both adolescent and adult scoliosis cases.
About Dr. Gary Deutchman, D.C.
Dr. Gary Deutchman, D.C is a founding member of the research based Society of Spinal and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT), an International group consisting of doctors and researches devoted to conservative management of spinal deformities. Dr. Deutchman also founded The Scoliosis Care Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of non-surgical options, as well as a certifying body for coaches and Dance educators interested in Scoliosis Screening. Dr. Deutchman is an adjunct faculty member at the New York Chiropractic College and Life College of Chiropractic West. Dr. Deutchman continues to be instrumental in developing non-surgical adult Scoliosis protocols utilizing postural reeducation techniques and the SpineCor brace. His ability to problem solve and his unmatched experience with difficult cases, makes Dr. Deutchman one of the World's experts in alternative Scoliosis treatment for children, adults and those with atypical neuro-muscular scoliosis.
About Scoliosis Systems LLP
Scoliosis Systems LLP is a partnership of Chiropractors headed by Dr. Lamantia with offices in New York City, Long Island, Arizona, California, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, St. Louis Area, Washington State and Georgia. Dr. Gary Deutchman began treating Scoliosis patients in his NYC office 14 years ago. His expertise was recognized by his peer physicians from around the country, who regularly referred their difficult cases to him. In 2004, Dr. Deutchman began collaborating with Dr. Marc Lamantia who brought new procedures and expertise in neurologically based postural reeducation techniques to the program. Since that time, Dr. Lamantia has opened offices in 14 cities, with three new locations expected to open by 2010. For more information about Scoliosis Systems LLP, please visit www.scoliosissystems.com
or call 1-800-281-5010.