June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month

Scoliosis is a spinal condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. It affects people of all ages. June is dedicated to raising awareness about early detection, treatment options, and community support for individuals with scoliosis.

There are four types of scoliosis, but people often think of the adolescent idiopathic kind, which causes an unusual curve in the spine during childhood or adolescence. However, the most common type is degenerative scoliosis, also called adult-onset scoliosis.

Degenerative scoliosis is a condition that usually affects older adults due to the degeneration of their spine. The main goal of treatment options is to reduce pain, increase functionality, and halt any further progression of the spine’s curve. It’s a common misconception that a T10 to pelvis fusion is the only solution to this condition. However, this procedure can be too intense for elderly patients. Instead, a minimally invasive approach that concentrates on identifying 1-2 levels causing the most pain can assist patients in a speedy recovery and get them back to their life.

T10 to pelvis fusion
2-level MIS TLIF

Degenerative scoliosis may not always be preventable, but there are ways to decrease your risk or hinder its progression without surgery. Here are three helpful tips:

  1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and avoid smoking.
  2. Practice good posture and body mechanics: Sit and stand tall, use ergonomic support, and lift with your legs.
  3. Regular check-ups and early intervention: Regular check-ups with a healthcare professional can also help monitor the condition and provide early intervention if needed.

While these tips do not guarantee the prevention or complete elimination of degenerative scoliosis, they can potentially help reduce the risk or progression of the condition. Consulting with a healthcare professional can provide personalized advice and guidance based on your unique circumstances.

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