Living with Scoliosis. Share the highs and lows of your life and how you cope with Scoliosis. This blog is dedicated to Scoliosis patients worldwide, we have a few authors who will also bring you information from the world of Scoliosis. We will discuss pain relief, surgery, bracing, adolescent and adult scoliosis. I am a patient with a Harrington Rod, I am post surgery 20 years (2009), I like to share my Scoliosis ups and downs with you.
ScoliosisJournal have just recently reportyed about the evaluation of the iPhone with an acrylic sleeve versus the Scoliometer for rib hump measurement in Scoliosis
Authors: Maree T Izatt, Gary R Bateman, Clayton J Adam
Background Vertebral rotation found in structural scoliosis contributes to trunkal asymmetry
which is commonly measured with a simple Scoliometer device on a patient's thorax
in the forward flexed position. The new generation of mobile 'smartphones' have an
integrated accelerometer, making accurate angle measurement possible, which provides
a potentially useful clinical tool for assessing rib hump deformity. This study aimed
to compare rib hump angle measurements performed using a Smartphone and traditional
Scoliometer on a set of plaster torsos representing the range of torsional deformities
seen in clinical practice.
Methods Nine observers measured the rib hump found on eight plaster torsos moulded from scoliosis
patients with both a Scoliometer and an Apple iPhone on separate occasions. Each observer
repeated the measurements at least a week after the original measurements, and were
blinded to previous results. Intra-observer reliability and inter-observer reliability
were analysed using the method of Bland and Altman and 95% confidence intervals were
calculated. The Intra-Class Correlation Coefficients (ICC) were calculated for repeated
measurements of each of the eight plaster torso moulds by the nine observers.
Results Mean absolute difference between pairs of iPhone/Scoliometer measurements was 2.1
degrees, with a small (1 degrees) bias toward higher rib hump angles with the iPhone.
95% confidence intervals for intra-observer variability were +/- 1.8 degrees (Scoliometer)
and +/- 3.2 degrees (iPhone). 95% confidence intervals for inter-observer variability
were +/- 4.9 degrees (iPhone) and +/- 3.8 degrees (Scoliometer). The measurement errors
and confidence intervals found were similar to or better than the range of previously
published thoracic rib hump measurement studies.
Conclusions The iPhone is a clinically equivalent rib hump measurement tool to the Scoliometer
in spinal deformity patients. The novel use of plaster torsos as rib hump models avoids
the variables of patient fatigue and discomfort, inconsistent positioning and deformity
progression using human subjects in a single or multiple measurement sessions.
Download the whole article as a PDF. iPhone vs Scoliometer
I was writing on my website yesterday about Flavonoids and I quote "Many flavonoids, as in parsley, have a diuretic action; some as in licorice, are antispasmodic and anti inflammatory; others are antiseptic."
Anyway, my period started 2 days ago and I was feeling good about that because usually I have immense pain from my Scoliosis when my period comes and because it was day 2 and I had, had no pain I was feeling really happy about that and I wondered if that had anything to do with the licorice I had been eating the week leading up to my period?
The happy times didn't last long as last night the pain was soooooo awful and I didn't know what to do with myself, shifting around in my seat, then standing up and walking around with my hands grasping my lower back, then the tears came, but I wasn't crying (if you know what I mean), the pain was so intense that water just started coming from my eyes, I am in too much pain to actually cry - that would jar my back too much…
Clothes shopping for people who have Scoliosis has always been an issue, either you hide away from the public or you let it all hang out, whichever one you are you are reminded that you have Scoliosis when you go to the shops for new clothes, majority of us come home depressed. Clothes shopping with Scoliosis is a constatnt reminder that we are more curvier than most!!!!
We have been discussing clothes and rib humps and scars on the group, and we have some very interesting views to clothes and Scoliosis.
Unfortunately, there are many Scoliosis patients out there who are not quite as aggressive as myself as I tend to run with the attitude of "who cares what others think of me, I have Scoliosis, so what!", I wear up to date fashion and I don't let my Scoliosis dictate what I can and cannot wear to some extents, of course I don't wear what I am uncomfortable in or what does not suit me but I certainly will not shy away from going to the beach because of my lopsided-ness, …
I have been receiving many emails about memory foam and whether it actually works.
I will let you into the secrets of my good night's sleep and what I think about memory foam and why it has helped me so much, for starters I no longer sleep with Valium, I simply don't need it.
The memory foam that I sleep on was invented by a guy in the UK, who, unfortunately does not have the dollars behind him that his competitors like Tempur do, therefore he has not been as recognised as a brand name like he should have been - it's all down to money, and what a shame that is.
I have heard great reports about Tempur mattresses and I have tried one, however, I have to say that their product is not as wonderful as the OroMed Sleep System that I use - you understand that this is MY personal opinion and I am entitled to have one ;)
I started my quest for memory foam 4 years ago, I just couldn't sleep and was getting beyond my tether of walking around the house at night in tears because I was …