- WHAT IS SCOLIOSIS?
- SCOLISMART APPROACH
- PATIENT RESULTS
Last updated on December 30th, 2022 at 12:42 pm
When Leah LaRocco’s doctor prescribed a back brace to halt the progress of her scoliosis curves, sleep became a nightmare. This is an all too common complaint about people with scoliosis (and other medical conditions). Mattresses for scoliosis quickly become a popular topic for discussion.
“If I lay on my side, the pressure pads would dig into my body, leaving bruises,” she said of her teenage years, lying prone in a brace all night. “If I lay on my back, the top of the brace would dig into my neck. If I lay on my stomach, the front of the brace would constrict and pinch my skin. I couldn’t find a comfortable sleep position.”
The short answer: Yes, scoliosis can and will get worse with age. The reason for this is that the condition is progressive, meaning it tends to worsen over time. Additionally, the spine continues to grow and change as we age, which can cause the curvature to become more pronounced.
Older adults are more likely to experience degenerative changes in the spine, such as osteoarthritis, which can also contribute to the worsening of scoliosis. Treatment for scoliosis is important at any age, but it is especially critical to prevent further progression in older adults.
Last updated on October 21st, 2021 at 08:31 am
Diana Chaloux was determined not to let her childhood scoliosis stop her from becoming a fitness model. But when she started competing, her spinal curve put her at a serious disadvantage.
Body symmetry is a key category in bodybuilding and figure competitions and a “major element to being successful at the sport,” she says. She began incorporating core-strengthening exercises into her daily living routine. Building up her core muscles through adult scoliosis exercises helped balance out her posture while supporting the rest of her training program.
Last updated on January 7th, 2023 at 10:52 am
Adults with scoliosis often feel they have very few options. Bracing, spinal fusion surgery is the typical treatment option focused on adolescent scoliosis patients. This is despite the fact that a greater percentage of adults have the condition. As many as 7 in 10 adults over the age of 60 have it. As compared to 3 to 5 percent of adolescents. Some doctors believe scoliosis in adults will increase over the next 20 years. There has never been a better time to begin a proactive scoliosis-specific intervention effort.
Last updated on January 18th, 2022 at 05:59 am
In today’s world of insurance-driven health care, face time with the actual doctor is becoming more and more limited. Time to ask questions — let alone get an answer — is non-existent. It is no wonder the idiopathic scoliosis condition is wrought with confusion and misinformation. The list of misconceptions about idiopathic scoliosis is likely endless. Below are six facts the ScoliSMART doctors feel are interesting facts about scoliosis.
Last updated on May 23rd, 2022 at 11:19 am
According to health experts, scoliosis affects between 2% and 3% of the American population. That is about 6-9 million people! Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine and there are many different forms. Scoliosis’s cause and the patient’s age are the most common way of categorizing the condition.
Most women experience the effects of menopause…it’s a natural part of the aging process. Hot flashes, night sweats and irritability are common symptoms. This “transition time” for women also causes hormone changes and a sharp decrease in bone health.
If you have scoliosis, your hormone levels and bone health need extra attention during menopause. In fact, women who have had scoliosis since their teen years may experience worsening curvature during menopause. Furthermore, the incidence of adult-onset scoliosis increases after menopause.
If you’re an adult living with idiopathic scoliosis, chances are you have dealt with pain. The degree of your pain may change daily. One day it’s slight muscle soreness, and the next day? Severe, acute pain that keeps you on the couch all week.
As many as 6 million adults live with scoliosis in the United States alone. Whether it’s idiopathic scoliosis or degenerative scoliosis that’s developed during adulthood, three in four adults with scoliosis experience pain as a result of scoliosis.
Last updated on March 29th, 2022 at 07:16 am
“Living your best life” means different things to different people. Maybe it’s finding a job you love or being able to stay home when your children are little. In an article in Psychology Today, the top 10 list of things that calm people do include staying active, treating themselves kindly, and cutting other people some slack.
When you have scoliosis, it may seem like living your best life with scoliosis is a bit out of reach. But what you and everyone who wants to live their best and most calm life have in common is choice. You have a choice!
Last updated on July 9th, 2021 at 03:34 am
Chronic back pain a fact of life for many people, but it is almost TWICE as likely if you have scoliosis according to a 50-year follow-up study of adults with scoliosis. Patients often describe their scoliosis back pain as burning, intense achiness, stiffness, spasms, and even breathtaking in some cases. It becomes more than a nuisance; it becomes the focal point of their lives every. single. day.
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