Free sco­l­io­sis screen­ing, lec­ture set for Satur­day

Cebu Daily News - - COMMUNITY - /PR

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.

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