How Common Is Scoliosis and Who Is At Risk

Scoliosis is a condition that affects the shape of the spine. While it can occur at any age, it most commonly affects adolescents. The exact cause of scoliosis has been thought to be unknown until now. We now know the cause is due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

How Common is Scoliosis

The severity of scoliosis can vary from mild to severe. In mild cases, scoliosis may not require a lot treatment, still must be treated. However, in more severe cases, scoliosis can cause pain, difficulty breathing, and deformity. There are several treatment options available for scoliosis, ranging from non-invasive to invasive including rigid bracing and fusion surgery.

ScoliSMART is an advanced non-invasive, non-surgical scoliosis treatment that has shown great promise with patients. ScoliSMART Bootcamp Exercises is the trusted and unrivaled alternative to rigid bracing and surgery for scoliosis treatment in children, adolescents, and (even) adults! If you or your child has scoliosis, talk to your doctor about ALL of your treatment options.

What are the treatment options for scoliosis

Today we have a revolutionary treatment, ScoliSMART. ScoliSMART is a comprehensive, trusted, safe, and effective treatment for scoliosis. ScoliSMART BootCamp is the only non – invasive, exercise treatment in the market place today designed to stop curve progression and reduce your curve.

ScoliSMART is the only non-invasive exercise program yielding measurable objective results of curve reduction at the end of the 5 or 10 day ScoliSMART Bootcamp treatment.  You leave knowing that the tools, you take home with you, (custom patented ScoliSMART torso trainer along with the ScoliSMART exercises prescribed for you) work.

You leave seeing the difference and feeling straighter, taller, more confident. You leave in control of your scoliosis with the tools to repeat, repeat, repeat your home exercises prescription to support spine stabilization and recruit new muscle memory to hold your spine in your new straighter position.

ScoliSMART doctors then monitor remotely ever 3 to 6 months until you are done growing. This treatment is non-invasive and does not require any surgery.

Other treatments options for scoliosis include:

  • Wearing a back brace – this will not cure scoliosis, it is designed to stop the progression of a curve during growth. Unfortunately, it does not do that well. It is uncomfortable, not user friendly.
  • Surgery – this should only be recommended if you tried quality noninvasive care and the curve is still progressing rapidly and you have no way of getting it under control.
  • Physical therapy – this can help to strengthen the muscles around the spine and may help to reduce pain in adults, if done properly it can also help to reduce curve in adolescents and adults.

Scoliosis is a condition that needs to be monitored by a scoliosis doctor on a regular basis. If you or your child has scoliosis, it is important to see a doctor at least once every 3 months for a check-up.

How can you prevent scoliosis from developing

If you know there is a family history of scoliosis you want to work towards preventing it from taking a hold of you, genetic testing can help to diagnose the condition early in an adolescent.

Wearing a back brace (previously) thought to be an effective way to prevent scoliosis from developing or progressing really is not a good alternative. Although it can be used in conjunction with other treatments like a ScoliSMART bootcamp program.

In the ScoliSMART bootcamp program you work 1-1 with the ScoliSMART doctor. Devising a specific program for you or your child. Once the program is over you go home with a firm understanding of the home exercise necessary to help you or your child be in control of this condition.

ScoliSMART patented tools customer made and or fitted during Bootcamp are the ScoliSMART Torso-Trainer and the ScoliSMART Activity Suit.

As an adult staying active and exercising regularly can also help to prevent scoliosis from getting worse as it strengthens the muscles around the spine.

Other preventative measures one may take to take charge of their health, spines, and scoliosis, include:

  • Eat healthy, clean whole, foods.
  • Maintain good posture.
  • Wear supportive shoes.
  • Avoid any type of back injury, which may be difficult to do but many times are avoidable by making smart choices.
  • Avoid contact sports, but if you play, wear the proper protective gear to avoid injuring your back.

What are the long-term effects of scoliosis

Some of the long-term effects of scoliosis are:

  • Pain in the back, hips, or legs
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Digestive problems
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Fatigue
  • Curvature of the spine that gets worse over time
  • Deformity of the chest
  • Heart problems

It is important to get treatment for scoliosis as soon as possible to prevent these more serious problems from developing.

Does scoliosis require surgery

Scoliosis almost never requires surgery if it is caught early and treated properly. However, if the curve is severe and is causing pain or problems with breathing, surgery may be recommended, but still may not be your best option.

What is the success rate of scoliosis surgery

The success rate of scoliosis surgery is very high for improving the curve degree. Most people who have scoliosis surgery are able to improve their curve but may not experience less pain and have to now deal with the side effects of surgery. Unhappy patients summarize, “It is like trading in one problem for another”.

In conclusion, there are many different treatment options available for scoliosis, and the best option will vary depending on the individual case. If you or your child has been diagnosed with scoliosis, it is important to see a scoliosis doctor regularly and to seek out treatment as soon as possible to prevent the condition from worsening.

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