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- Dr. Justin Trosclair hosts a solo episode focused on scoliosis.
- The discussion caters to both healthcare professionals and patients.
- Topics covered include scoliosis basics, screening methods, and treatment options.
Understanding Scoliosis More About ScoliBrace & ScoliBalance Click the Link
- Scoliosis involves abnormal spinal curvature, which can occur in different areas of the spine.
- Children experience scoliosis as they grow, with the condition typically worsening during growth spurts.
- In adults, scoliosis often results from spinal degeneration, causing a collapse in the spine.
- X-rays reveal scoliosis, particularly by detecting spinal rotation.
- Non-rotated curves may be postural issues, treatable with massage and adjustments.
- Pain is a common symptom in real scoliosis cases.
Scoliosis in Children
- Scoliosis is most prevalent in girls aged 10-12 and boys aged 11-13.
- Rare cases occur in younger children.
- Left or right curves may warrant additional testing for underlying issues.
- Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common form without a known cause.
- Early intervention is encouraged to prevent curve progression.
Treatment Options More About ScoliBrace & ScoliBalance
- For curves less than 10 degrees, manual therapy, exercise, and adjustments may suffice.
- Curves between 10 and 25 degrees may require bracing.
- Severe curves (over 25 degrees) in thoracic or 20 degrees in lumbar regions often necessitate bracing.
- Extreme curves (over 60 or 50 degrees) may require surgical consultation.
Identifying Scoliosis Signs
- Signs include uneven shoulders, hip elevation, and visible humps when bending forward.
- Prevalence: 2-3% of children aged 10-15, increasing during rapid growth.
- Family history increases risk.
- Age-related scoliosis affects 30% of individuals over 60.
Benefits of ScoliBrace
- Braces can improve posture, balance, and reduce the risk of falling, especially in older populations.
- Altered spinal bone shapes contribute to scoliosis, but bracing can help correct it.
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- De novo scoliosis is the term for age-related, degenerative-based scoliosis in older individuals.
Importance of Early Detection
- Early and accurate detection of scoliosis can significantly impact treatment outcomes.
- Early detection can prevent the need for surgery and offer improvements in appearance, posture, pain, and balance.
- The Scoliosis Research Society recommends early detection and nonsurgical management.
School Screening Programs More About ScoliBrace & ScoliBalance Click the Link
- Many schools lack a consistent formal screening program for scoliosis.
- Informal screenings may involve bending forward with clothes on, making it difficult to detect scoliosis.
- Summertime, when people wear bathing suits, can be a better time to notice irregularities.
- A step-by-step assessment includes checking for uneven shoulders, protruding shoulder blades, spinal curves, hip differences, and creases in the lower back.
- A detailed assessment is easier without a shirt.
- An app called “app.scoliscreen.com” can aid in self-assessment and referral to healthcare professionals.
The Importance of Early Intervention
- Detecting scoliosis early is crucial to prevent severe progression.
- Strong family history may prompt intervention even for curves less than 10 degrees.
- Massage, adjustments, and postural exercises are recommended for minor curves, while bracing becomes necessary for larger ones.
Bracing for Scoliosis More About ScoliBrace & ScoliBalance Click the Link
- Bracing recommendations vary depending on the degree of the curve.
- Children may need to wear braces for most of the day, while adults can wear them part-time.
- Wearing a scolibrace for longer hours can yield better results.
Case Studies and Results
- Case studies demonstrate the effectiveness of braces in reducing scoliosis curves.
- The appropriate brace is essential for optimal results.
- Besides bracing, treatments include scoli balance exercises tailored to the type of curve.
- The scoli roll is a device that helps stretch ligaments and tendons.
- Specific muscle work, chiropractic adjustments, and kinesiology taping can also aid in scoliosis management.
Sports and Scoliosis
- Sports are encouraged for scoliosis patients except for competitive ballet and swimming training.
- Extensive swimming and dance training may not be suitable for scoliosis.
- The prevalence of scoliosis varies with age, with a higher incidence among older populations.
- Low back pain is a common reason for adults to seek treatment.
- Pain, cosmetic concerns, balance issues, and the desire to avoid surgery are reasons for seeking scoliosis treatment as an adult.
Adult Bracing with Scolibrace More About ScoliBrace & ScoliBalance Click the Link
- Bracing is considered an alternative to surgery for adults with scoliosis and severe pain.
- The focus is on pain relief and supporting the body differently rather than extreme curve reduction.
- Bracing for adults typically involves fewer hours per day than for children.
Bracing and Muscle Strength
- Braces provide some flexibility, allowing for movement and exercises without causing a loss of muscle strength.
- Endurance tests improve as you wear the brace longer, ensuring muscle strength is maintained.
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Scoli Meter and Screening
- The Scoli Meter app can be used to measure spinal deformity.
- Screening for scoliosis is important, especially for children and adolescents.
- Specific screening recommendations include females at ages 10 and 12 and males at ages 13 and 14.
Adults Seeking Treatment
- Adults may seek treatment for scoliosis due to cosmetic concerns, pain, or previous unsuccessful treatment.
- Treating scoliosis at a younger age can yield better results as curves tend to progress over time.
- Gravity and aging can cause scoliosis curves to worsen at an average rate of one and a half degrees per year.
Types of Curves More About ScoliBrace & ScoliBalance Click the Link
- Thoracic curves are typically right-sided.
- Pain is less common in teenagers, so it should be investigated if present.
- MRI may be necessary to understand the cause of night pain.
Scoliosis in Young Children
- Scoliosis in children younger than seven should be addressed early to prevent complications.
- Mortality rates increase for young children with scoliosis.
Effectiveness of Spinal Manipulation
- Spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustments) is not effective for stabilizing or correcting scoliosis.
- It may provide pain relief but doesn’t significantly impact the curve itself.
- A study showed that wearing a brace for at least 13 hours a day had a 90 percent success rate in avoiding surgery.
- Bracing is more effective than observation without treatment.
- If no improvement is seen after a month of brace wear, reassessment is necessary.
Different Brace Types More About ScoliBrace & ScoliBalance Click the Link
- Traditional Boston braces may not be as effective, especially for large and stiff curves.
- The TLSO Boston brace can be challenging to put on, and it changes the biomechanics of the spine.
Custom 3D Braces
- Custom 3D braces, like the Scully brace, are designed to reverse the curve and offer better results.
- Wearing these braces during growth spurts helps improve the curve over time.
Before and After Assessments
- Before-and-after photos and posture assessments are used to track progress.
- Many individuals seek treatment for cosmetic reasons and want to look better in swimsuits.
Reasons to Seek Treatment
- There is no wrong reason to seek scoliosis treatment, whether for pain relief, cosmetic concerns, or prevention of curve progression.
- Conservative treatments can be effective in avoiding surgery.
Hope and Empowerment More About ScoliBrace & ScoliBalance Click the Link
- The podcast encourages reaching out for questions and concerns about scoliosis.
- Empowering patients with hope and information to make informed decisions is a primary goal.
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