Free scoliosis screening, lecture set for Saturday
AS there is a need to educate Scoliosis survivor and those who are at risk, Scoliosis Philippines, Inc. sets forth Scoliosis Awareness Month to further the consciousness of people about this deformity.
In line with the observance of Scoliosis Awareness Week with the theme, Fight Scoliosis: "Early Detection, Early Intervention" from June 11-16 and a Scoliosis Awareness Day on June 16, 2018, Scoliosis Ph andCebuDocGroupofHospitals will hold a free scoliosis assessment and screening, lectures from scoliosis experts, testimonies and trivia games on June 16, Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cebu Doctors University Hospital Conference Hall A and B. Everyone is invited to come.
CebuDoc will also give out 10% discounts for Thoracolumbar Spine X-Ray (AP-L and Upright View) from June 11-20 to eligible patients as it is essential to recognize the signs and symptoms and know the help that are available.
“The key is early diagnosis,” said Mr. Edsel Ligutom, Corporate Chief PT of CebuDoc Group of Hospitals.
The screening test for scoliosis is non-invasive, takes approximately 30 seconds and could save a person of pain in the future.
“If we detect scoliosis early enough, we can better facilitate healthcare decisions to patients in line with available treatment options and provide opportunities for more effective patient care”, he added.
To deliver greater service for public awareness, CebuDoc Group of Hospitals and Scoliosis Ph works hand in hand for this event to diffuse the importance of early detection and the effectiveness of non-therapeutic intervention and techniques.
“At a certain level, we encourage, initiate local events and support advocacies which highlight scoliosis and its treatment,” Amanda Bonife-Kiamko, the founder of Scoliosis Philippines Inc and a scoliosis survivor said.
Part of this effort involves bringing together patients and their families, physicians and clinicians and practitioners to build network of collaboration for enhanced care, screening, privacy and protection for those living with scoliosis.
Scoliosis is the most common deformity in the spine, causing the back to form in letter "C" or "S" shape. Most curves are not severe and require only that patients are monitored by doctors, but high-degree curvatures may impact lung and heart functions; may cause chronic back pain; and may take a toll on self-esteem that require further treatment (i.e. bracing or surgery).
Scoliosis symptoms include uneven shoulders, shoulder blades, ribs, waist, or hips, a noticeable sideways curveinthespinewhenlooking from the back, or the appearance of the ribs being higher on one side when a person is bending over. Fortunately, early diagnosis and a wide range of treatment options and special exercises from doctors and practitioners offer new hope in overcoming scoliosis.