Scoliosis Awareness Month June 2022
June is Scoliosis Awareness Month
Scoliosis Awareness Month is an important initiative for Health Professionals, patients and the public to start a conversation about scoliosis.
It’s an opportunity to help people understand what scoliosis is and who it can affect, including how to recognise the warning signs in family or friends.
If we are proactive in screening and early detection, encourage people with scoliosis to seek the right treatment and share their experiences, then we can really make a difference to outcomes.
This year’s focus: The Scoliosis Journey
Scoliosis can look different for everyone. For some, the journey begins in childhood. For others, it can be when they notice symptoms or changes as an adult. Both paths are equally real and have their own challenges.
We don’t seem to talk about the ‘human’ side of scoliosis much as a community. Most conversations focus on the clinical aspects – symptoms, cobb angle, and treatment options… but there is so much more at play for scoliosis patients.
This year’s Scoliosis Awareness Month focus reflects the multi-faceted scoliosis journey. By taking a broader view of scoliosis, we can understand the bigger picture and help patients navigate it with a positive mindset.
Get involved during June!
Attend our webinar - 23 June
Register for our special Awareness month webinar on 23 June for patients, families, health professionals and anyone else interested in tips for navigating the scoliosis journey with a positive mindset
Awareness month resources
Health Professionals can download and use these resources during June on your social media or other communications to start a conversation about scoliosis.
Head outside on 25 June!
For International Scoliosis Awareness Day, go outside on Saturday 25 June. Share your outdoor activity with us by email or on social media using hashtags: #ScoliosisAwareness #ScoliosisAwarenessMonth
Get your scoliosis hat!
Raise awareness for scoliosis by wearing this comfortable ScoliCare hat. With an adjustable velcro back and embroidered slogan “Got your Back” across the front, you’ll be raising awareness in style.
Nora Lee’s story
Nora Lee was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 13 years.
In this video, Nora Lee explains how she felt when diagnosed and how, through maintaining a positive mindset, she has come through her treatment journey a stronger person.
Robyn was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 56.
In this video, Robyn describes the experience of being diagnosed later in life and how her treatment journey has enhanced her quality of life.
Some things to think about over June:
The scoliosis journey can begin at any time
- While many people think of adolescents when they think of scoliosis, adults can be affected too.
- An estimated 36%* of adults over 60 years are affected by scoliosis (*McAviney et al, 2020).
- Modern approaches to conservative care such as 3D custom bracing mean children, teens, and adults can get the treatment they need, when they need it.
Scoliosis is more than just a curve in the spine
- Emotions can play a major role for patients during diagnosis and treatment.
- Appreciating the complexity and emotional challenges helps foster a greater understanding.
Choose the care and support that’s right for you
- Scoliosis care and treatment is accessible and available.
- 3D custom bracing and specific rehabilitation approaches provide proven options.
- Scoliosis clinicians treat the patient as a whole, not just a spine, aligning treatment with patient needs and goals.
Scoliosis doesn’t need to define you
- A focused approach to self-care including healthy choices and exercise can help patients thrive during treatment.
- It’s important to pursue interests and activities for enjoyment.
- Maintaining a positive mindset.
Family, friends, peers, and healthcare providers are essential partners in the scoliosis journey
- Scoliosis diagnosis and treatment can affect parents, family members, and friends as well.
- Strong trusting relationships promote understanding and support for patients.
- Responding to the social and emotional needs of patients is critical, listening and allowing people to express what they’re going through is key.
Personal stories can inspire and educate others
- Hearing personal stories can help others recognize signs of scoliosis.
- Sharing of experiences shows patients that they are not defined by their scoliosis.
- Through increased understanding, health professionals, families, and schools can take the lead in supporting patients and help normalize the journey.