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Patients Help Correct Their Own Spine Using Conservative Treatments

By Admin | October 16, 2021

An estimated 80% of the population will suffer from back pain during their lives. Scoliosis, a potentially painful back condition, will affect 3% of the population, or around nine million people. On October 16, 2021, experts at Hey Clinic for Scoliosis & Spine Care in Raleigh will help patients celebrate World Spine Day by encouraging early screening and treatment for scoliosis and teaching patients how to help heal themselves!

“Ben Franklin once said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ and this is certainly true for scoliosis. Detecting scoliosis early in children and young adolescents can allow for early treatment with special scoliosis exercises and possibly bracing. This type of treatment helps prevent curves from progressing beyond 30 degrees -- which helps prevent lifetime curve progression, and suffering with pain and deformity, which might even require major spine surgery later in life," explains Dr. Lloyd Hey, Director of Hey Clinic for Scoliosis & Spine Care. Dr. Hey believes World Spine Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of scoliosis, which can be easily identified by using any smartphone with a bubble level!

These hard facts explain why early detection and follow-up is key to successful treatment:

  • The National Scoliosis Foundation explains that scoliosis impacts infants, adolescents, and adults and there is no cure.
  • A study published by The American Association of Pediatrics concluded that there was “significant success” in preventing spinal curve progressions and surgery in children who were screened, diagnosed and treated with a custom brace.
  • 68 percent of curves progress during adulthood, especially curves over 30°. Therefore lifelong follow-up can be helpful for adults with known scoliosis.
  • The American Association of Neurological Surgeons recommends confirming a scoliosis diagnosis through an x-ray, spinal radiography, CT scan or MRI, but a screening technique called the Adam’s Forward Bend Test can be done by anyone.
  • Guidelines published by The Scientific Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) stress the importance of early screening and support conservative treatments such as Schroth therapy and bracing.

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