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 recently reported about soft braces in the treatment of AIS - Review the literature and description of a new approach
Authors: Hans-Rudlof Weiss and Mario Werkmann
Background The use of soft braces to treat scoliosis has been described by Fischer as early as
1876. With the help of elastic straps, as the authors suggested, a corrective movement
for individual curve patterns should be maintained in order to inhibit curve progression.
Today this concept has been revived besides soft 3 point pressure systems. Some shortcomings
have been revealed in literature in comparison with hard braces, however the concept
of improving quality of life of a patient while under brace treatment should furtherly
be considered as valuable. Purpose of this review is to gather the body of evidence
existent for the use of soft braces and to present recent developments.
Method A review of literature as available on Pub Med was performed using the key words ,scoliosis
and ,soft brace at first. The search was expanded using ,scoliosis and the known trademarks
(1) ,scoliosis and ,SpineCor, (2) ,scoliosis and ,TriaC, (3) ,scoliosis and ,St. Etienne
brace, (4) ,scoliosis and ,Olympe. The papers considered for inclusion were new technical
descriptions, preliminary results, cohort studies and controlled studies.
Results When searching for the terms ,scoliosis and ,SpineCor: 20 papers have been found,
most of them investigating a soft brace, for ,scoliosis and ,TriaC: 7 papers displayed,
for ,scoliosis and ,St. Etienne brace: one paper displayed but not meeting the topic
and for ,scoliosis and ,Olympe: No paper displayed. Four papers found on the SpineCor?
were of prospective controlled or prospective randomized design. These papers partly
presented contradictory results. Two papers were on soft Boston braces used in patients
with neuromuscular scoliosis.
Discussion There is a small but consistent body of evidence for the use of soft braces in the
treatment of scoliosis. Contradictory results have been published for samples treated
during the pubertal growth spurt. In a biomechanical analysis the reason for the lack
of effectiveness during this period has been elaborated. Improved materials and the
implementation of corrective movements respecting also the sagittal correction of
the scoliotic spine will hopefully contribute to an improvement of the results achievable.
Conclusion The treatment of scoliosis using soft braces is supported by some papers providing
a small body of evidence. During the growth spurt the use of soft braces is discussed
contradictory. There is insufficient evidence to draw definite conclusions about effectiveness
and safety of the intervention.
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 …