As Scoli parents, the one thing we all dread is the GROWTH SPURT. It can come at any time and catch us unawares. Growth spurts are typically the time when Scoliosis goes a bit wild and curves can increase greatly during these times of rapid change. This last year, my son had the ultimate growth spurt – about 5 inches in one year. Last year, when we took him for his Orthopedic checkup, he was celebrating about 4 years out of brace. The first time my son braced, Luke from National Scoliosis Center made him a brace that we credit with a DECREASE in my son’s curve by over 10 degrees. And, my son was able to live blissfully at this smaller curvature until…well…adolescence. So, when we had his checkup and realized his curve had increased, we knew we were heading right back to National Scoliosis Center. (You can see more about our visit HERE.) Well, we went back to the Doctor in September (yes, it’s taken me way too long to write an update), and were very happy to find out that, after a year of wearing his brace only at night, we were still at the same curve! (possibly less, but there is always that standard deviation) Whew! To weather a 5 inch growth spurt and only have to brace at night is a big win! He’s holding on around 22-26 degrees. We figure if we can hold him there, we will be very happy parents indeed. And, if he can keep just bracing at night, he will be much happier. We fully expect this year to be a very large period of growth as well, so we want to stay fully armed with the best brace we can.
This year has been a period of rapid growth in my EmBraced In Comfort business life as well. This is most likely why I have been neglecting my blog (sorry). My business has grown a ton, we are working on lots of new exciting changes, and it’s been a full-time endeavor to weather those growing pains. In business, as in Scoliosis, rapid growth is often a sign that something might go uncontrollably haywire. But, we are weathering it and bracing for another year of growth next year. We are so happy when we go read the reviews of all of our brace-wearing customers to find that we are, indeed, making a difference for you all – our Scoliosis family. That is what keeps us doing what we do, day in and day out.