HOPE for Adult Scoliosis Patients (Part 3 of 3)

If I haven’t made it clear already in Part 1 or Part 2, I absolutely LOVE the Scolismart treatment.  For so many reasons.  The Doctor who founded it (Dr. Morningstar) and those on his team (Dr. Dovorany, Dr. Stitzel, Dr. Siddiqui, and others) are all wonderful, caring Doctors who think far outside the box to find solutions to a problem, not just band-aids.  They work hard to make their suits comfortable and they don’t compromise quality.  And, the treatments really seem to WORK.  And, they seem to have promising data to support helping to reduce pain in adults AND in post-fusion patients.  This is truly amazing news!

This Week’s study is from 2017, and is called “Clinical outcomes of a scoliosis activity suit worn by patients with chronic post-fusion pain: 6-month case-controlled results.” by Morningstar, Stitzel, Dovorany, and Siddiqui.  You can see the full text HERE.  This study dives deeper into the effects of the SAS (Scoliosis Activity Suit) on Adults, looking at a population of post-fusion patients that approached the Scolismart clinics for treatment of pain for their Scoliosis.  The Doctors used both pain scale measurements, quality of life measurements, and x-rays to compare results in patients after 6 months of treatment.    The control group is a group of patients who approached the clinic for therapy, but that didn’t actually pursue treatment.  The Doctors were able to get pain scale ratings for the control group, but not x-rays at 6 months.  The assumption was that the x-rays would be very similar or, possibly worse, for the patients in the control group 6-months later.  And, since the main concern was pain reduction, the x-ray results at 6 months are really just additional information, not necessary to the core of the study.  The Doctors also separated the treatment group into three groups – the overall group, and then further into sub-groups, based on the type of surgery they had (Harrington rod vs. Pedicle screws)

The Doctors found that Cobb angles were improved in the treatment group overall, with more benefit to the Harrington rod patients.  Really think about that – fused or bonded spines getting improvement in Cobb Angle!  That’s amazing!  Pain scores also went down for the treatment group, with the Harrington rod group again getting more benefit.  And, the control group actually increased on the pain scale after 6 months.  SRS (quality of life) scores increased for the treatment group overall.  This is great news!

As I have stated in Parts 1 and 2, it is very difficult to get good research data in the realm of Scoliosis treatments.  There are so many variables.  But, I really applaud the Scolismart Doctors for their continued efforts to get data for us to mull over.  The reality is that the scientific processes may not be perfect, but my opinion is that they are very solid. And, they definitely can give an adult patient hope when trying to decide if they want to try such a treatment.  It’s not easy – the patients who get success have to do the WORK involved, but I have to imagine that the benefits are well worth it!

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HOPE for adult Scoliosis patients (part 2)

This week, I continue my three-part series of Scoliosis Activity Suit study reviews with the 2016 study “Radiographic, Pain, and Functional Outcomes in an Adult Post-Fusion Patient Using a Scoliosis Activity Suit: Comparative Results after 8 Months,” by Dr. Morningstar, Dr. Dovorany, Dr. Stitzel, and Dr. Siddiqui.  You can find the entire study HERE.  This study, as opposed to the study I wrote about in PART 1, is about just one patient.  It’s a case study review of a 59-year-old female who had fusion surgery at age 19 and then, in her second revision surgery a few years later (in 1992), had the hardware removed.  She started experiencing high pain levels about 5 years after the hardware was removed. When she came to the Scolismart clinic, she was in significant pain about 75%  of the time.  This is most likely something that many readers can identify with.  When she was first fitted in the Scoliosis Activity Suit, she got quite a bit of correction while in-suit (about 5 degrees for both curves).  She was diligent in her at-home therapy and went back a month later, at which point she told the Doctor that she wanted to use the suit for 2 hours per session, instead of 1.  She was getting enough pain reduction that she saw the value of increasing her time in-suit.  She also continued to do the exercises that she was given.  Six months later, she came back for a follow-up.  They took an x-ray after the patient hadn’t worn the activity suit for 24 hours, and her curves were both reduced approximately 20 degrees!  But, most importantly, her pain and well-being scores both improved by 60%.  These results are very exciting.

The authors acknowledge that this is just one patient and that more research is definitely in order to examine results in a larger population.  And, they hypothesize that these results may not be able to be achieved in post-fusion patients with the hardware still intact.  But, this is, again, hopeful for adult patients suffering with Scoliosis.

Hope alone can fuel people through a hard day, a hard week, a hard month.  I hope that you let this fuel you if you are one of the ones suffering.  And, remember that a case study of one person may not apply to you, but it COULD apply to you.  If you are interested in learning more, or getting on an email notification list for the Scolismart direct-to-consumer release, you can click HERE and learn more.  I really believe that the work the Scolismart Docs are doing will change the trajectory of Scoliosis.  I know the Docs personally and know they genuinely care about obliterating Scoliosis.  Check back next week for Part 3 in the series.  Have a great week!

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HOPE for Adults with Scoliosis Pain

I am very excited to announce that my FAVORITE treatment for adults with Idiopathic Scoliosis pain, SCOLISMART, is very close to going direct-to-consumer with their Scoliosis Activity Suit (for adults only).  This is going to open up amazing possibilities for Adults!  Go HERE to sign up for notification of when they release this groundbreaking new program.  In my personal opinion, this is THE BEST choice for adults with Scoliosis pain.  My Spinecor readers might balk at that.  Know that I still love and support Spinecor patients in every way I can and am thrilled when I hear of anyone getting relief from their Scoliosis, but I stand firm in this opinion.  If you are choosing between the two, choose Scolismart.

That said, I am launching a three part series of the Scoliosis Activity Suit, where I will review the three latest studies done by Dr. Morningstar and his team  of Docs.  This week, I’d like to focus on their 2015 study from the International Journal of Clinical Medicine.  You can find the entire study HERE.  The paper is titled Pain and Radiographic Outcomes in Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis Patients Using a Scoliosis Activity Suit: An 18-Month Case Controlled Chart Review. by Mark Morningstar, Aatif Siddiqui, Clayton Stitzel, and Brian Dovorany.  It’s a mouthful, but I’ll try to break it down for you  here…

Let me first start by saying that there is a REASON why so little literature exists regarding alternative Scoliosis treatments.  The data is very hard to attain.  Think about it: there are so many variables, so many different cases, so many years over which treatments are performed.  It’s a testing nightmare.  And, it is expensive.  That is why your Doctor will tell you that they can’t recommend these “alternate” type treatments – they have to base their recommendations on research, and the research just isn’t prevalent in this area.  I feel that the Scolismart Docs have done a great job of getting us some data to help us make decisions.  Is it perfect data?  No – but it seems pretty scientifically sound, especially for something that is so difficult to get data for and I applaud them for continuing to fight the good fight to get us real information.

That said, this particular study followed 53 adult idiopathic Scoliosis patients for 18 months.  It was a chart review – the doctors went back over their data on their own patients and compiled it into this study.  As a control group, they used a study done by Marty-Poumarat, et al, which can be found HERE.  The demographics for the two studies were close enough that Dr. M and crew felt that they could safely compare their data to that of Marty-Poumarat.  The Marty-Poumarat study found that when an adult has a curve of 30 degrees or more at skeletal maturity, there is a 68% chance that it will continue to increase afterwards, at a linear rate.   In other words, any adult with a 30 degree curve or greater can expect their curve to continue to get worse over time.  Wow.  So, Scoliosis does not end at Skeletal Maturity as most people are led to believe.  Dr. M and crew wanted to see if their treatment put people ahead of the curve (pun intended) when it came to progression.  They also wanted the patients to use the quadruple visual analog scale to rate their pain before and after 18 months of treatment, because pain is the #1 reason that Adults need Scoliosis relief!

The results were complex.  I had to read the study twice to really grasp what was going on.  One of the reasons it was so complex is that they broke the data down into curve type.  This is very helpful because these Scolismart Docs know that different curve types produce different results.  The data is all in the study, which you can look over for yourself, but let me just say – 100% of participants claimed either the same or a dramatic decrease in pain!  Only one participant said his/her pain stayed the same.  When it came to curve improvement, they blew the control group out of the water.  Compared to the control group data of a 1.02 degree increase in 18 months, the thoracic group saw curves improve an average of 12 degrees, Lumbar group saw an average improvement of 10 degrees, and the thoracolumbar group corrected an average of 11 degrees.  The double major curve group was the only one that a percentage (12.5%) showed a worsening of their curve, but this was only 1-2 degrees (which is the same as the control group).  And, remember – everyone’s pain went down!  My take on this study is that it shows a lot of hope for Adults needing Scoliosis relief.  You have an excellent chance at pain reduction AND a very likely chance at curve improvement which, let’s face it, is almost unheard of for adults.  Tune in next week for Part 2 where I review another SAS study.

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Visual representation of a patient in and out of the suit.