The innovation of the Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program’s Early Treatment (ET) Process is one that phenomenally enhances the quality of life for infants with infantile scoliosis without the invasion of traditionally prescribed, costly and dangerous surgery. Too often this surgery is proven to be insignificant in the reversal of curve progression and does not attend to the desperation and anxiety families feel when imagining the future lives of their children. Children ages birth to 2 are provided with an alternative solution in the form of ET Plaster of Paris Jackets (POP) that accelerate the body’s natural ability to self-resolve. By aiding and training the spine to grow straight, a permanent path towards healthy living is forged that prevents the use of repeated surgeries that are often accompanied by extreme risk and high financial burdens. This innovation is a form of healthcare affordability that lowers medical supply costs, requires only one night’s stay in a hospital each treatment and limits complications and "salvage" surgeries.
Traditional responses employ the “wait and watch” method that utilizes observation and a brace that does nothing to contribute to curve correction. In addition, the brace is a mere stalling mechanism that is worn until spinal curves deteriorate into a state that may jeopardize internal organs. One such condition, Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (TIS), causes permanent deformities and chronic conditions that render the chest cavity unable to expand and contract for normal lung function and growth. The eventual progression of severe infantile scoliosis compromises heart and lung functions and leads to dependence on ventilators, severe deformity and shortened life span. The ET innovation is one that allows children and families to forego complicated medical interactions and doctors and patients to move forward with solutions that not only promote natural healing, but peace of mind, as well.