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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