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Dr. Clayton J. Stitzel

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Board Member

Local Address: Lititz, Pennsylvania, United States
Lancaster Spinal Health Center

Employment History

  • Owner and Clinic Director
    Lancaster Spinal Health Center
  • CLEARTM Doctor
    CLEAR Institute

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Manheim Central High School
  • Doctorate , Chiropractic Medicine
    Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Palmer College
  • DC
  • bachelor's degree , Kinesiology
    Penn State University
  • D.C.
  • bachelor's degree , Kinesiology
    University of Pennsylvania
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Dr. Stitzel, Director of the ..., 20 Jan 2014 [cached]
Dr. Stitzel, Director of the Lancaster Spinal Health Center located in Lititz Pennsylvania, explains, "Our scoliosis exercise based treatment program is based on a unique system of active spine rehabilitation, which is based on restoring normal function and structure.
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Written by Dr. Clayton Stitzel
Dr. Clayton Stitzel, founder of the Lancaster Spinal Health Center, near Lititz, is not your average chiropractor. Stitzel's passion is finding better ways to treat scoliosis.
"This disease picked a fight with the wrong guy," Stitzel said.
"We got together as a group of doctors who formed the ScoliSmart and really examined how limited and how poor the success rate was in curve treatment options," Stitzel explained.
And poor Clayton had a hard sell with me," Sherri said.
"Scoliosis is often characterized as the spinal curvature," Stitzel explained.
It's all about relocation and training the automatic postural control centers that will ultimately lead you to a reduced curvature that can be maintained because the brain learns how to maintain it," Stitzel said.
"We're at the point now where we're getting very consistent reductions in curvature and patients are, in most cases, holding those reductions and able to hold it through adolescence and adulthood," he said.
Stitzel said that results can depend on a lot of factors, but "on average a patient will achieve 30 to 50 percent reduction in four to six months."
Rather than wait and take a chance, they found Stitzel and enrolled Anna in therapy.
"The Scoliosis Traction Chair essentially gives the patient the ability to work out, if you would - to relocate in a scoliosis-free environment," Stitzel said.
The patient is strapped into the chair and then pressure from straps and braces can be adjusted to straighten their spine.
"If we're able to X-ray them while they're in the chair, and we've done this, you can see that their scoliosis is almost completely reduced three-dimensionally," Stitzel claimed.
Stitzel believes her curvature can further be reduced to the point where she would be not able to be diagnosed as having scoliosis.
At his center in Lititz, Stitzel serves not only patients from the local area, but patients from around the world, from locations such as Australia, the Philippines and Singapore.
Stitzel said that when it comes to treating scoliosis, there are more options for teens and parents than ever before. His clinic now offers a genetic test, the ScoliScore, to help patients diagnose their scoliosis before it becomes severe.
"It turns out that there is a unique sequence of genetics that is common in all patients with severe scoliosis," Stitzel said.
Surprisingly for Stitzel and Anna's family, her test results revealed that she was at a low risk for developing scoliosis. However, because of a family history of scoliosis, her parents decided it was better to be safe than sorry.
Coupled with his therapy, Stitzel believes the genetic testing can lead to a huge breakthrough in scoliosis treatment. If patients with severe scoliosis can be diagnosed and begin therapy before symptoms of the disease appear, the spinal curvature can be prevented from occurring.
"'Cure' isn't a word you throw around lightly," Stitzel said. "So I'm not saying we have a cure, I'm saying we have an effective treatment that may be able to head the condition off particularly in its early stages, when we're not playing catch-up."
He said the biggest problem he sees in the scoliosis cases that he treats is that there is "a lack of urgency" until spinal curvature gets so bad that the only option left is surgery. The genetic testing combined with his therapy gives patients another option.
"Early-stage intervention is by far and away the best opportunity a patient has to stay ahead of the curve," Stitzel said.
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Dr. Clayton Stitzel, former ..., 21 Aug 2013 [cached]
Dr. Clayton Stitzel, former Co-director of the CLEAR Institute, (a non-profit scoliosis research think tank) has the Early Stage Scoliosis Intervention message in the running to win a free commercial during this year's Super Bowl.
According to Dr. Clayton Stitzel, "It would certainly put the topic of scoliosis treatment back on the front burner for many people in the United States, and moreover call attention to the need for Early Stage Scoliosis Intervention while the curvatures are still small and patients are younger. That is when scoliosis exercises can have the most impact on the natural course of the condition."
Dr. Clayton Stitzel is a Lancaster County Native. He is a graduate of Manheim Central High School. He received his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology (the advanced study of biomechanics) from Penn State University. Dr. Stitzel earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. While attending Palmer College of Chiropractic, he received research honors and was inducted into Palmer's research fraternity. He is one of nine health care professionals within the U.S. that have received the CLEAR Institute's most prestigious certification in scoliosis treatment- scoliosis intensive care certified. Dr. Stitzel is a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer within the scoliosis field, speaking recently in Singapore and England. He is the co-developer of the scoliosis traction chair. Dr. Stitzel is the owner and Clinic Director for the Lancaster Spinal Health Center where he has practiced for 9 years.
CLEAR doctor Clayton Stitzel speaks on Scoliosis at the Scoliosis Education Banquet, 6 July 2014 [cached]
CLEARTM doctor Clayton Stitzel speaks on Scoliosis at the Scoliosis Education Banquet CLEAR doctor Clayton Stitzel speaks on Scoliosis at the Scoliosis Education Banquet
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Scoliosis Information - Articles on Treating Scoliosis, 13 Oct 2009 [cached]
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Dr. Clayton J. Stitzel - PA
Dr. Clayton Stitzel
Dr. Clayton Stitzel
Dr. Stitzel is the former director of the CLEAR® Scoliosis Institute and creator of both Scoliosis BootCamp® and the Early Stage Scoliosis Intervention® Programs. Dr. Stitzel is involved the advancement and implementation of ScoliScore® genetic prognostication and developing new strategies to reduce the number of scoliosis surgeries performed worldwide. Dr. Stitzel currently practices in Pennsylvania and specializes in scoliosis rehabilitation treating patients from around the world.
LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - Sure it was built in his dad's garage with parts found in the trash, but Dr. Clayton J. Stitzel might have helped create the first meaningful treatment for curvature of the spine to come along in decades.
National headlines are being made through the work of local chiropractor Dr. Clayton Stitzel. But to describe as his work as simply chiropractic work would significantly understate his groundbreaking treatment for scoliosis.
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