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!