Help for sco­l­io­sis pa­tients

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BMS INDULGE -

RE­CENT stud­ies showed an in­crease of sco­l­io­sis sufferers among younger chil­dren. Eleven-year-old girls are start­ing to get curved spines. In Asia, the in­ci­dent of sco­l­io­sis sufferers is close to 25% of the pop­u­la­tion, com­pared with 15% in Western coun­tries.

Id­io­pathic sco­l­io­sis has been proven to cause sig­nif­i­cant phys­i­cal and emo­tional stress as it continues to progress be­yond skele­tal ma­tu­rity and com­monly for the re­main­der of the pa­tient’s life.

The phys­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions of id­io­pathic sco­l­io­sis can be quite se­ri­ous, rang­ing from spinal and limb pain to or­gan stress and loss of func­tion and even heart-lung dis­tress.

The aver­age life ex­pectancy of in­di­vid­u­als with sco­l­io­sis is de­creased by 14 years. Other com­pli­ca­tions in­clude headaches, chronic fa­tigue, di­ges­tive prob­lems, con­sti­pa­tion, di­ar­rhoea, joint pain, dif­fi­culty sleep­ing, loss of con­cen­tra­tion and chronic mus­cle tight­ness and spasms.

The emo­tional ef­fects of id­io­pathic sco­l­io­sis can be as real and se­ri­ous as the phys­i­cal ef­fects. Ju­ve­nile pa­tients with id­io­pathic sco­l­io­sis were un­hap­pier with their lives. They re­ported more phys­i­cal com­plaints, had lower self-es­teem and higher de­pres­sion. Adult pa­tients re­ported more psy­cho­log­i­cal and phys­i­cal im­pair­ment.

To date, the bulk of the in­for­ma­tion you will find re­lated to Ado­les­cent Id­io­pathic Sco­l­io­sis (AIS) on the In­ter­net sup­ports the use of brac­ing and surgery. Ini­tially, treat­ment from a doc­tor con­sists of “ob­ser­va­tion only”, un­til the Cobb an­gle pro­gresses to 25°, at which point the pa­tient is placed in a brace. If brac­ing is un­suc­cess­ful in sta­bil­is­ing the pro­gres­sion of the dis­ease, which is fre­quently the case, surgery is the only op­tion.

Spinal Inc be­lieves that sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion, while po­ten­tially nec­es­sary at times, is only a symp­to­matic treat­ment for a more com­plex con­di­tion.

It be­lieves that surgery should be a last re­sort for the treat­ment of id­io­pathic sco­l­io­sis to be con­sid­ered only af­ter ev­ery other treat­ment op­tion has been thor­oughly ex­hausted.

Spinal Inc is ded­i­cated specif­i­cally to the non-sur­gi­cal treat­ment and cor­rec­tion of id­io­pathic sco­l­io­sis in pa­tients of all ages. Spinal Inc is cer­ti­fied in the Schroth Method and CLEAR In­sti­tute.

Schroth Method started in the 1920s when Katha­rina Schroth de­vel­oped it based on her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with sco­l­io­sis as a teenager.

She started shar­ing her tech­niques with pa­tients and even­tu­ally opened her own clinic in Ger­many.

To­day, over 1,000 pa­tients are treated an­nu­ally at the Askle­pios Kathath­rina-Schroth Hospi­tal in Ger­many.

Con­ser­va­tive treat­ment for spinal de­for­mi­ties is well-ac­cepted in Europe with large cen­tres in Ger­many (Schroth), Spain (BSRS) and Italy (ISICO).

The treat­ment in­cludes phys­io­ther­apy based on Schroth and CLEAR, ac­com­pa­nied with a home ex­er­cise pro­gramme cus­tomised for each pa­tient’s spe­cific needs.

Id­io­pathic sco­l­io­sis is a dis­ease in­volv­ing more than just the spine, and the treat­ment meth­ods re­flect this com­plex­ity.

You are en­cour­aged to learn more about how this ap­proach goes be­yond typ­i­cal con­ser­va­tive id­io­pathic sco­l­io­sis care, and why the com­pany be­lieves it can demon­strate a mea­sur­able re­duc­tion in the sever­ity of id­io­pathic sco­l­io­sis on an X-ray in as fast as six months.

Based on the re­sults achieved from pre­vi­ous pa­tients over the past sev­eral years, Spinal Inc be­lieves that the meth­ods for treat­ing id­io­pathic sco­l­io­sis in­te­grated by the com­pany is the safest and most ef­fec­tive con­ser­va­tive treat­ment for the cor­rec­tion of id­io­pathic sco­l­io­sis.

For de­tails, con­tact Spinal Inc 03-6201 5168 or visit www.spinal­

A pa­tient’s X-ray be­fore treat­ment.

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