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Scoliosis Awareness Month

​scoliosisThe Scoliosis Research Society observes National Scoliosis Awareness Month every June as a way to highlight the importance of early detection, public awareness of scoliosis, its prevalence within the community, and the growing need for education. Scoliosis is a spinal condition, not a disease, that affects the alignment of the spine causing it to curve to the side in a “C” or “S” shape. There are many causes of scoliosis, including congenital spine deformities (those present at birth, either inherited or caused by the environment), neuromuscular problems, genetic conditions, and limb length inequality. This spinal condition affects nearly 6 million people in the United States.

While scoliosis develops predominately in infants and adolescents 10-15 years of age, adults can be diagnosed with this condition.

Early detection of scoliosis in adolescents is important as it can reduce the need for surgery in the future. Non-surgical treatments, such as bracing, can be used to treat the curvature of the spine while slowing or stopping the progression altogether. Bracing early has been found to be an effective, non-operative treatment. Not only does the patient benefit from this treatment, there are potential cost savings for the health care system as well.

For adults, scoliosis symptoms could be caused or intensified as they age. It is also possible that adult scoliosis is the progression of an early childhood condition that was not diagnosed or treated before.

Scoliosis Treatment in Adults

Treatment for adult scoliosis focuses on alleviating pain and restoring function while correcting the curvature of the spine. Exercise, periodic observation, and over the counter pain relievers can help manage adult scoliosis.

When a diagnosis occurs, one of the first treatments is to prevent further curvature of the spine. By stopping the progression of scoliosis, adults can sustain many daily living activities by maintaining range of motion, preventing deformity of the rib cage, and reducing pain during certain movements like bending and lifting.

Exercise is a crucial preventive measure. Strengthening the muscles in the back through exercise helps maintain the spine’s proper shape and allows the spinal column to have adequate support. There are a number of back strengthening exercises that you can do to improve the strength of your muscles.

A spinal muscle exercise performed by lying in the prone position and performing alternating shoulder flexions and hip extensions. (source)
A spinal muscle exercise performed by lying in the prone position and performing alternating shoulder flexions and hip extensions. (source)

Products for Scoliosis

Depending on the severity of the curvature, postural positioning through customized cushioning can also help stop the progression of scoliosis. Postural supports, such as the Contour Lumbar Cervical Back Cushion and the ContourSleep Cervical Pillow, can maintain spinal curvature or assist in the correction of curvature through individualized adjustments.

Always speak with a health care physician or occupational therapist before starting a new exercise routine or using a new product. Occupational therapists are often involved in the selection and fabrication process of customized postural cushions.

If you experience pain due to scoliosis, visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists who can work with you and your health care provider to find a solution that provides relief. We have a collection of products that offer proper spinal support, improve posture, relieve pressure on the spine, and sooth sore muscles.

Scoliosis Awareness Month

​scoliosis

Each June, the Scoliosis Research Society commemorates Scoliosis Awareness Month as a way to highlight the importance of early detection, education, and public awareness of scoliosis. Scoliosis is not a disease. It is a spinal condition that affects its alignment causing the spine to curve side to side in an “S” or “C” shape. Scoliosis develops predominately in infants and adolescents, although it has been diagnosed in adults as well. It is possible that adult scoliosis is the progression of an early childhood condition that was not treated or diagnosed before.

Data and facts about Scoliosis:

  • Scoliosis is the most common spinal deformity in the country
  • There are more than 3 million US cases per year
  • It is diagnosed equally among males and females, though females are 8 times more likely than males to have curves that require treatment
  • Primary age of onset is 10-15 years old
  • There are several types of scoliosis based on the cause and age when the curve develops
  • In 80%-85% of cases, scoliosis has no identifiable cause

Importance of early detection

Early detection of scoliosis in adolescents can help reduce the number of patients who will need surgery in the future. Since adolescents’ bones are not fully hardened, non-surgical treatments such as bracing can be employed to treat the curvature while slowing or stopping the progression. One recent study established the effectiveness of bracing as an early, non-operative treatment. This form of care may serve as a great benefit to patients as well as potential cost savings for the health care system.

Adult Scoliosis

Adult Scoliosis is often found when patients see a doctor regarding back pain or pain radiating down their legs. When this condition is discovered in adults, treatment is focused more on alleviating pain and restoring function while correcting the curvature of the spine. A large majority of adults do not have disabling symptoms that require surgery. Simple measures such as exercises, periodic observation, and over the counter pain relievers can help manage adult scoliosis.

At Relax The Back, we have a number of products, such as such as Lumbar Supports and Tempur-pedic pillows, that can help provide spinal support, improve posture, sooth sore muscles, and relieve pressure on your spine. Be sure to visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists who can help you find the relief.