Aging With Scoliosis – Hormones, Research & More

Last updated on April 4th, 2022 at 11:50 am

What you need to know about the effects of hormones on your scoliosis and how hormone testing can help.

When were you or your child first diagnosed with scoliosis? During the “tween” or teen years? Later in life?

If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions (or both) it’s not surprising. Research shows that hormone changes affect scoliosis. As you age, hormone testing can help manage menopausal symptoms and your scoliosis. Receive information about non-drug nutrient therapies sent directly to your email. 

How research links Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) onset to puberty

Idiopathic scoliosis occurs in 2-3% of children during puberty. Also, recent research states that the incidence of scoliosis increases over 400% in females age 50 and up. This coincides with the hormonal changes associated with menopause. If your DNA has a predisposition to scoliosis, your chances increase that you’ll develop this condition. 

Studies have shown that abnormal estrogen use during growth is a factor in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Different parts of the spine grow or lengthen at different speeds. Anyone have a daughter with sore legs/knees during their growth spurt? It’s because bones are growing at a different pace while muscles, tendons, and the rest of the body try to keep up.

For girls with a predisposition to scoliosis, their bodies adapt. The uneven growth affects the spine’s curve. For older women, a natural decline in estrogen increases the risk of developing osteoporosis. If you have scoliosis and have experienced menopause, you may have noticed the loss of bone density has caused your curve to increase.

Is there anything you can do to change your scoliosis diagnosis? Not yet. But there is a way to manage how natural hormone changes affect aging with scoliosis. You can test, moderate and manage your hormones.

When you treat the whole scoliosis condition, and not just the curve and curve progression, you can change the impact scoliosis has on your life.

Healthy aging with scoliosis starts with hormones

How estrogen plays a role in scoliosis progression

It’s been said that the only things permanent in life are death, taxes, and scoliosis. And while that’s true, it doesn’t mean you have to “just get through it.” There are ways to test, moderate and track the hormone levels in your body that affect your specific scoliosis condition.

While many hormones benefit your body, there are two that are essential for aging females with scoliosis. Estrogen and progesterone are an important part of a woman’s emotional, mental, and physical health through every stage of life. Estrogen contributes to many important growth developments within a woman’s body, and it is also a bone growth signaling hormone.

A decrease in bone density and mass (amount of bone) and age-related scoliosis curve progression are linked to estrogen levels. As bone density and bone strength decrease, it’s harder for your body to prevent an increase in your spine curvature.

But, if you can assess specific hormones within your body, you can supplement to counteract changes, including the loss of bone density. Safe, effective, and inexpensive non-drug nutrient therapies are available based on your testing results. If bone density is a problem, adding nutritional supplements that increase bone density will help.

Are you familiar with your current hormone levels, and which hormones are lacking within your body?

Why does hormone testing help women experiencing menopause? 

Since aging – both into the teen years and beyond – is a normal process of life, all people, especially women, can expect hormone changes. When you have scoliosis, hormone testing becomes critical. Testing will measure the “normal” hormone levels that change within your body, and the hormones that may or may not affect your scoliosis.

Using a saliva-based hormone testing kit is an accurate and convenient way to manage your hormone levels. This information provides direction on how to manage changing hormones and your scoliosis curve. The doctors at ScoliSMART will help you plan for safe, effective, and inexpensive non-drug therapies based on your test results.

Hormone management is an important strategy for reducing the symptoms related to hormone changes. Hormone imbalance causes a wide variety of symptoms, whether you have scoliosis or not. Weight gain, fatigue, digestive problems, and insomnia are just a few. Managing hormones also maintains proper bone health and prevents age-related curve progression. 

Understanding and then managing hormone test results can be overwhelming. Once you receive results from your hormone test you can determine your best course of action. Certain hormones may need a boost; other hormones may need to be better managed. Other non-invasive scoliosis treatment can prevent an increase in spine curvature, or other scoliosis-related problems associated with hormone changes.

Scoliosis is a lifelong journey. Hormone changes and potential imbalances are part of that journey. Partner with the experts at ScoliSMART and receive targeted solutions that treat the whole scoliosis condition, and not just the curve.

Test and balance your hormone levels today. For the month of February, purchase a Scoliosis Basic Hormone Testing Kit and receive a $15 store credit. Offer valid February 1-28, 2022.

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ScoliSMART Clinics is committed to treating the WHOLE scoliosis condition, not only the curve. Genetic & clinical testing with targeted nutrient therapies, expert in-office treatment programs, and the world’s only ScoliSMART Activity Suit provides patients of all ages with the most comprehensive, most effective, and least invasive treatment options available worldwide.

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