National Scoliosis Center

National Scoliosis Center


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Hello friends!
I have a long story with questions at the end of the paragraphs.

I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 14. By the time they found it, my curvature had already reached a double curve of 16 and 30 degrees. They said since I'm done growing that it shouldn't get any worse and I don't need a brace. Well, I go back in a year and it now reads at 26 degrees and 38 degrees. This time he said if it gets worse they would consider fusion surgery. That was in 2014.
Did your curves continue to worsen over time?
Cause you pain?

I was also diagnosed with kyphscolios that day but they didn't do any explaining of what that was. Does that need to be monitored or will it not get worse? Do a lot of people with scoliosis also have kyphosis?

Ice had one back surgery from a ruptured disc and putting off am9ther surgery for a different rupture. Do a lot of people with scoliosis get ruptured discs easily?

Also the thoracic part of my spine (where the large curve is) is recently starring to ache and almost like a burning sensation. What's that mean?

Am I just being a total worry wart because I'm so aware 9f all the problems my back has or should there things be monitored?

Tell me what you think and your stories!

National Scoliosis Center provides custom Rigo Cheneau bracing, low-dose EOS imaging, collaboration with Schroth Physical Therapists, and patient support to create a center for non-operative care of pediatric scoliosis.

National Scoliosis Center builds on a 30+ year focus on the treatment of pediatric scoliosis. We are committed to pursuing this focus using the best-proven practices available today regarding diagnostics, calibration, manufacturing, technology, and treatment. All of this is delivered with a founding commitment to patient empathy. We pride ourselves in working closely with physicians and patients,

Operating as usual

Photos from National Scoliosis Center's post 02/17/2022

Meet 6 year old, Lily. Lily began her journey of scoliosis about 6 months ago when she was diagnosed with a 34-degree curve. She was fitted with a Boston brace and instead of her curve improving, it got worse. This prompted Lily’s mom to seek out a better solution.

Lily’s mom reached out to the Parents of Kids with Juvenile Scoliosis, a support group on Facebook, where she learned about the Rigo Cheneau brace and National Scoliosis Center. Today, Lily is being fitted with a beautiful heart-patterned Rigo Cheneau brace (and her favorite bear is getting one too). We’re glad you’re here, Lily! 💚🧸

#nationalscoliosiscenter #rigocheneaubrace #scoliosisbrace #juvenilescoliosis #fairfaxva #baltimoremd #scoliosis


Congratulations to @ampm2011 on Instagram for winning our Valentine’s Day giveaway with Curvy Girls Scoliosis Foundation! Please message us for information on how to receive your gift! 💚

#nationalscoliosiscenter #curvygirls #scoliosisawareness #scoliosis #giveaway #coloringbook


Happy Valentine’s Day! This year, we are sharing some love with Curvy Girls Scoliosis Foundation and all of you! We are doing a giveaway to give one of you a copy of Curvy Girls new activity and coloring book! To enter, like this post, follow our page and Curvy Girls’, and tag a friend in the comments below! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 16! 🥰

“Did you ever wonder if a diagnosis of scoliosis can be hard for a child to understand? ‘Finding Curvy Girls—My Scoliosis Journey’ is an activity and coloring book that teaches and empowers young girls about their condition in a fun and creative way.” - Curvy Girls 💚

#nationalscoliosiscenter #curvygirls #scoliosisawareness #scoliosis #giveaway #coloringbook #valentinesday

Photos from National Scoliosis Center's post 02/11/2022

Yesterday’s ‘Lunch & Learn’ on Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) was a great success. Kristian, one of our certified orthotists, introduced our speaker, Dr. Laurel Blakemore, MD, CEO of Pediatric Specialists of Virginia - PSV. She presented some excellent findings and insights on what is known and not known about VBT. We are so thankful for the opportunity to learn from her.💚

If you missed the event and want more information, send us a message or comment below.

#nationalscoliosiscenter #lunchandlearn #pediatricorthopedics #vertebralbodytethering #scoliosis #psv #vbt

Photos from National Scoliosis Center's post 02/09/2022

Alivia is back for a checkup. Wow! Look at those X-rays! Great job, Alivia!🤩

Alivia's mom says that she is, "impressed with how Alivia has handled wearing a brace -- she has done really well and has kept a good attitude." 💚

Alivia plays soccer and volleyball and tries to only take her brace off when she has to. Her advice to others that need a brace is, "wear it and get it over with." So true. Alivia has been doing a remarkable job wearing her brace.⚽🏐😁

#nationalscoliosiscenter #scoliosis #bracing #rigocheneau #scoliosisawareness


Wise words from Aman to others with scoliosis:

“Bracing takes money, time, and effort on not just you, but your family too -- so do your part and wear your brace.”
“Speak up to your orthotist when you are getting fitted for your brace so that it fits just right.”
“Remember that wearing a brace will help you in the long run.”

Aman is 14 years old and was diagnosed with scoliosis and put into a Rigo Cheneau brace a year ago. Although it was scary at first, finding the right people (medical care team) to get treatment has made a difference for him. Aman is doing great and is well on his way to having a successful journey. 💚

#nationalscoliosiscenter #rigocheneau #scoliosis #scoliosisbracing #scoliosisawareness

Photos from National Scoliosis Center's post 02/03/2022

Rock climber and artist, Lily (almost 8 years old), is one of our out-of-town patients. Lily was diagnosed with scoliosis at a routine well-visit with her pediatrician. She was sent to an orthopedist who prescribed a Rigo Cheneau brace for Lily. Her mom did some research and found us at National Scoliosis Center and Lily was fitted for a brace in August. Recently, she came in for a follow-up visit and brace adjustment.

Lily’s advice to others:
“It is hard getting used to the brace in the beginning, but once you do it is fine and you forget about it.”
“Getting a Higgy Bear or Higgy Bear brace really helps.” Lily had Higgy Bears make a special brace for her favorite bear.

Thanks for sharing, Lily. We look forward to hearing more about your scoliosis journey in the future.‍️🧗‍♀️💚

#nationalscoliosiscenter #higgybears #rigocheneau #scoliosis #scoliosisbracing #scoliosisawareness


Ely (almost 11 years old) recently stopped in to get fitted with his third Rigo Cheneau brace to accommodate his growth. He got his first two braces in Beirut, Lebanon while his family lived abroad and today he is getting one from us.

His dad shared that Ely’s original curve was 48 degrees when he was diagnosed in 2019. A recent X-ray revealed that Ely’s curve has improved and is now 32 degrees – thanks to the Rigo Cheneau brace and Ely’s dedication to wearing the brace he’s on a good path. We are happy to be the next step in his scoliosis journey.😄

Ely is an active soccer player and boy scout. He says, “wearing a brace is not that bad – it just becomes part of normal life.”⚽️💚

#nationalscoliosiscenter #rigocheneau #scoliosis #scoliosisbracing #scoliosisawareness


Scoliosis professional, Kristen Venuti, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Johns Hopkins Medicine introduces herself, shares her insights about scoliosis, and how she collaborates with National Scoliosis Center in the care of patients.

Thank you Kristen for participating in our "Getting to Know Scoliosis Professionals" series.

#nationalscoliosiscenter #certifiedregisterednursepractioner #johnshopkinsmedicine #scoliosis #scoliosisawareness #scoliosistreatment

SRS Webinar | Current Status of Bracing in Adults and Adolescents: An SRS-SOSORT Collaboration 01/27/2022

SRS Webinar | Current Status of Bracing in Adults and Adolescents: An SRS-SOSORT Collaboration

Sharing this interview in case you missed it. Our Chief Orthotist, Founder, and President, Luke Stikeleather, was one of the presenters.

#SRS #SORSORT #scoliosisbracing #scoliosiswebinar #scoliosis #nationalscoliosiscenter #lukestikeleather

SRS Webinar | Current Status of Bracing in Adults and Adolescents: An SRS-SOSORT Collaboration Join the SRS Non-Operative Committee and the Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) for a webinar analyzing the current evide...

Photos from National Scoliosis Center's post 01/26/2022

Don’t forget to RSVP for our next Lunch & Learn! The details are below.

Growth-Modulation Tethering in Scoliosis:
What We Know and What We Don’t

We invite area physicians, PAs, nurses, and others interested in learning more about Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) to attend our next Lunch & Learn – RSVP on our website at

Our guest speaker is Dr. Laurel Blakemore, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who specializes in scoliosis and complex spinal deformity, and is the CEO of Pediatric Specialists of Virginia.

When: Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 12-1 pm (This is a free event and lunch will be provided.)

Where: National Scoliosis Center, 3023 Hamaker Court, Suite LL50, Fairfax, VA 22031

#nurses #physicians #physiciansassistants #pediatricorthopedics #VertebralBodyTethering #VBT #scoliosis #pediatricians #AIS #FairfaxVa #NationalScoliosisCenter #psv #scoliosissurgery

Photos from National Scoliosis Center's post 01/25/2022

Fiona was 5 years old when she was diagnosed with scoliosis by her pediatrician. They met with two orthopedic surgeons and settled on working with Dr. Paul Sponseller and Kristen Venuti, PA, at Johns Hopkins Medicine. It was determined that the best treatment for Fiona would be to put her in a Rigo Cheneau brace from us (National Scoliosis Center). And as you can see, the Rigo Cheneau is making a difference – Fiona’s curves have decreased from 31 and 24 degrees to 21 and 16 degrees. This is why we continually share that it is important to catch those curves early so that bracing, in particular the Rigo Cheneau brace, can offer growth-guided correction.

Fiona’s mom shared that her initial fears about bracing – Fiona wouldn’t wear the brace or that she would struggle with social issues – never happened. She says, “Fiona handled it well and the brace only took her three days to get used to. She likes wearing her brace and her friends are supportive and don’t seem to think anything about the brace.” Fiona agrees.

Today, Fiona is getting fitted for her fourth brace – new braces are needed to accommodate growth. We all love the pattern she chose – unicorns! 🦄

Keep up the good work, Fiona! You are an excellent example to others dealing with scoliosis. 💚

#nationalscoliosiscenter #scoliosis #scoliosisawareness #scoliosisbracing #rigocheneau

Photos from National Scoliosis Center's post 01/21/2022

Last week our team at National Scoliosis Center attended a Lunch & Learn about Schroth physical therapy (a scoliosis-specific type of physical therapy).

The featured guest was one of the Schroth experts with whom we collaborate, Caroline Campesi. This Lunch & Learn allowed our team to learn more about Schroth physical therapy and how it helps patients improve their condition. We are thankful for the opportunity to both collaborate with and learn from Caroline.

Caroline practices out of our Fairfax office. She works with teen, adult, and senior patients in all stages of their scoliosis journey – those that have not started bracing, are currently in a brace, have completed bracing, and those that are post-surgery. Caroline has practiced physical therapy in the Washington, DC area since 2012. She worked for a boutique outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic in downtown DC before starting her own practice in 2015.

In 2019, Caroline decided to pursue extensive Schroth Scoliosis training (Schroth Barcelona Institute) in New York City as she noticed many of her physical therapy patients were scoliosis patients. She says that scoliosis “found her”, triggering her passion for helping those with scoliosis and caring for her patient's spines. She now works full-time in the field of scoliosis, kyphosis, and spinal disorders, and is committed to the conservative management of these diagnoses. She uses her skills to make sure each patient knows how to lengthen their spine and strengthen their core. While she believes in the Schroth Method, she says it will not be successful unless patients do their part and put in the work – successful physical therapy of all kinds require the patient to be committed.

She loves that she, Luke Stikeleather (NSC’s Founder and President), and the entire NSC team share the same philosophy, vision, and passion for serving patients, specifically those with scoliosis.

To learn more about Schroth Physical Therapy and Caroline, go to or

#schrothmethod #nationalscoliosiscenter #schrothdc #fairfaxva #scoliosis #scoliosisphysicaltherapy #schrothbarcelonainstitute


𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐭, 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐁𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧

We’ve seen signs with this message for the past 7 years at National Scoliosis Center as 2 kids have worn back braces.

I remember getting the first diagnosis and being traumatized by the idea of sending my son off to high school with a back brace. Where would he keep it during PE? Would kids make fun of him?

I searched for alternatives, but he was the practical one who said, “Mom, I saw the X-ray. I just need a brace.”

Well, then.

So, I searched for brace options and knew that I wanted the Rigo Cheneau brace for its custom fit, CAD/CAM technology, and front closure. My research led us to National Scoliosis Center.

The orthotist is one of those people you never want to have to see, but we were grateful for the professionalism and encouragement we received at National Scoliosis Center. My son wore his brace consistently, without complaint, even though he could hardly tie his shoes. And then a few years later his sister got the diagnosis at age 12. He was so disappointed for her, as he didn’t want her to have to go through that pain, but she was a trooper, too. Worried some about what to wear with a brace and what middle schoolers would say, but no complaints. I was the one who worried and lost sleep over it.

They truly didn’t even see wearing a back brace as a challenge. It was just something they had to do. I learned from my kids yet again that you just do what you have to do. Take the hand you’re dealt. Make the most of it. I also learned that how you present something to your kids can make a huge difference in their attitude. In this case, I was the stressed one and they calmed me, but many other times, I end up freaking them out with my reaction and presentation. I did all the research and presented it to them. They trusted Luke and National Scoliosis Center like I did. They simply accepted it.

I’m grateful for the lessons learned from the experience and impressed by my kids’ resilience. Now that we got the final clearance to be done with the back brace, we’re ready for the next challenge!

-Kelly Wevley (Luke and Grace’s mom)

#nationalscoliosiscenter #scoliosis #scoliosisbracing #rigocheneau #siblingsuccessstory #scoliosissuccessstory

Our Story

The National Scoliosis Center builds on a 25 year focus on the treatment of Scoliosis. We are committed to pursuing this focus using the best proven practices available today regarding diagnostics, calibration, manufacturing, technology, and treatment. All of this is delivered with a founding commitment to patient empathy that we are well known for.

We pride ourselves in working hand in hand with physicians and patients from around the world to offer a holistic approach in care to the patient and their entire family. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you and your family as you research and make decisions about your scoliosis care. Our website has been designed to help you better understand scoliosis from diagnosis to treatment and care.

As part of our total commitment to complete scoliosis care, housed within our facility, the National Scoliosis Center is proud to offer the following state of the art services:

• Custom Brace Fabrication
• EOS Imaging Center
• Schroth Physical Therapy

Our staff, experience, and technology help us provide the best non-surgical solutions to scoliosis care. Please contact either our Fairfax, Virginia or Baltimore, Maryland offices if you have additional questions.

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- Custom Rigo Cheneau bracing
- Low-Dose EOS X-Ray Imaging
- Collaboration with Schroth Physical Therapists



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