June is Scoliosis Awareness Month
Scoliosis is a condition that affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you are a child, teenager, or adult, scoliosis can impact your physical health, emotional well-being and overall quality of life.
However, with accurate diagnosis, treatment, and support, individuals with scoliosis can lead full and active lives.
This Scoliosis Awareness Month, we’ll recognise the diversity of individuals affected by scoliosis from children to adults. We will explore who can be affected, how to recognise the warning signs, and what options there are for help.
It’s also an opportunity to highlight the experiences of individuals who have travelled the scoliosis path, and found ways to thrive. Through their stories, we will discover the importance of self-acceptance, resilience, and family and friend’s support in living a fulfilling life with scoliosis.
Let’s spread awareness and support those with scoliosis this month and always!
Get involved during June!
ScoliConnect – Support Group
An online community providing peer support for individuals and their families undergoing ScoliBrace and/or ScoliBalance treatment. Join the group encouraging patients and their families to connect, share experiences and offer emotional support.
Personal stories can inspire and educate, helping others recognise the signs of scoliosis and understand its impact. Some patients have shared their stories with us in the hope of providing comfort, inspiration, and hope to others over Scoliosis Awareness Month and beyond.
At just 12 years old, Anita received a surprising diagnosis of scoliosis. But she didn’t let it define her.
In this inspiring video she shares her incredible journey and the valuable lessons she has learned along the way.
Olga was diagnosed with scoliosis at 77 years old.
In this video, Olga tells us how she has taken her treatment in her stride and still enjoys playing table tennis with her family.
Marianne was diagnosed with scoliosis as an adolescent, but it was later in life as an adult that she sought treatment.
In this video, hear how scoliosis hasn’t slowed down Marianne’s active life.
Some things to think about over June:
Scoliosis is more common than you might think
Many people believe scoliosis is a condition which affects only teenage girls. In fact, it is much more common than you might think.
Scoliosis affects much more than the approximate 5% of the adolescent population. Significant proportions of infants and children are affected as well as up to an estimated 68% of adults over 60 years.
Don’t watch and wait
A noticeable change in the spine or posture may indicate the signs of a developing scoliosis. Changes like a visible curve, uneven shoulders or hips, or a prominent shoulder blade, particularly in growing children and adolescents, can all be warning signs. Signs of hunching, experiencing pain and increased falls in older adults can also be signs.
It’s important that any changes are investigated as soon as they are noticed. Don’t just ‘watch and wait’
Screening is easy
It’s never been easier to check and detect scoliosis early by screening at home using the free ScoliScreen in browser app.
Early detection is important
Early detection and then early intervention in most patient groups leads to better patient outcomes.
For children or adolescents who are rapidly growing, or older adults with pain and decreased quality of life, early detection and proactive screening provides greater opportunities for non-surgical options including custom 3D bracing and specific exercise programs, leading to better treatment outcomes.
Non-surgical care is available and accessible
Options for those seeking conservative treatment and management for scoliosis include scoliosis specific exercise to custom bracing, with approaches able to be tailored to meet individual patient needs and goals.
It’s important to seek out a healthcare professional experienced in treating scoliosis to discuss the options available and develop a personalised treatment plan.
Personal stories can inspire and educate others
Inspiring stories from patients demonstrate that individuals with scoliosis can overcome significant challenges and achieve their goals with determination and perseverance.
By sharing their experiences, patients provide hope and encouragement to others with scoliosis, showing them that they can live fulfilling lives despite their scoliosis.