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.