shout out to girls with scoliosis

shout out to girls with scoliosis who’s backs constantly hurt no matter how they sit, stay or lay

shout out to girls with scoliosis who’ve had to wear backbraces that make them feel awkward and out of place. and are also really hot sweaty and uncomfortable

shout out to girls scoliosis who have been called deformed, made fun of for their posture, been called a hunchback etc

shout out to girls with scoliosis who feel super self conscious wearing anything that shows their back because of their scars and/or the curve of their spine

shout out to girls with scoliosis who sometimes exert themselves a little more physically than they should because they’re scared to ask for help since society conditions us to think asking for help makes us weak.

WE’RE STRONG AND BEAUTIFUL AND AWESOME. WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT EVEN THOUGH OTHERS DON’T WANT US TO BELIEVE IT

Still totally Nike obsessed ✔️
I am finally starting to get back into a proper workout routine and it feels so good! Always makes me wonder why I ever stopped?! 😓
I have to be careful because of my back though, does any of you know some good workout programs for people with back problems - maybe specially for someone with a fused spine? I think I’m going to try to find a physiotherapist with a specialty in post-op scoliosis, so I can finally get a proper workout program that is good for my back - if you know one in Copenhagen then please share 🙏

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Today marks the beginning of National Scoliosis Awareness Month.  

Scoliosis is the unnatural curvature of the spine.  The spine can look more like an “S” or a “C” than a straight line.  This can result in uneven shoulders and hips. The cause is unknown for more than 80% of all scoliosis cases.  These cases are referred to as idiopathic. Two other types of scoliosis are congenital scoliosis and neuromuscular scoliosis.  They are caused by congenital spinal conditions and neurologic disorders. 

A physician will perform a physical exam of someone’s back to determine whether or not the person has scoliosis.  The screening test is non-invasive and takes less than a minute.  The person is viewed from behind while they stand straight up to see if there is any shoulder blade or waistline asymmetry or any trunk shift.  The person then bends forward at the waist and holds their arms out like they’re diving into a pool.  Again the physician will look for any rotations based on rib prominence and waist prominence.  After this, an x-ray may be conducted to measure the actual degree of curvature.

There are three treatment options for scoliosis: observation, bracing, and surgery.  

Observation is primarily for curves of small degrees on growing adolescents or for moderate curves (less than 40-45 degrees) on someone who is done growing.  X-rays will be done based on the doctor’s request, so the curve progression can be monitored.  Physical therapy can be done to help with mild symptoms.

Bracing is for curves between 25-45 degrees in growing adolescents.  The main focus of bracing is to stop any further progression of the curve.  Braces don’t necessarily correct curves; they just prevent further progression.  There are several different types of braces that can be prescribed based on the patient’s age and doctor.  The different types include the Kalabas brace, Wilmington brace, Boston brace, and Milwaukee brace.  The effectiveness of the brace varies from person to person. 

Surgery is only for curves greater than 50 degrees.  The goal of surgery is to correct the curve and prevent curve progression.  To prevent curve progression, the joints of the spine are removed and a bone graft is placed, allowing the spine to fuse together at those places.  Metal rods, hooks, and screws can be placed on the spine to hold it in place until the spine fuses together.

Researchers are looking into the cause of idiopathic scoliosis.  It is believed that scoliosis can be genetic, so if a relative has it, others in that family are more likely to have it as well.  However, there are no well accepted causes of idiopathic scoliosis.

Scoliosis affects two to three percent of the U.S. population (about 7 million Americans).  The primary age of onset is between ages 10 and 15. Females are eight times more likely to have a curve progress to a stage that requires treatment. 

Scoliosis is a condition that can limit activity, cause pain, and negatively impact respiratory function and self-esteem.

Early diagnosis is key to keeping the condition from progressing and providing the best treatment. 

SPEAK UP.

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today at work i got really severe back pain and i winced minutely, and one of the social workers asked me what was wrong and i said “my back is hurting”

and she rolled her eyes and was like “you’re too young to have back pain. you don’t have back pain yet. wait til you’re my age. leave the back pain to us. you just keep being young.”

cool, good advice lady, i’ll get right on that. lemme just stop being disabled for a sec so you can continue your fantasy world where no young people are ever disabled or in pain ever

June is scoliosis awareness month, and since I’ve been gone for a bit here due to scoliosis and its many joys, it only seems fair to you guys to explain a little.

This is me after my first 5k, three years after my first surgery to put rods and screws in to correct my curved spine, three years after the surgery to re-screw the screw the surgeon had forgotten to screw in, and only two months after a hit-or-miss experimental surgery for what appeared to be Baastrup’s disease, which is almost unheard of. (The old scar covers my whole back up to my shoulders and is about two feet long)

There’s light in all of this, though. I get to feel extremely close and related to taylorswift. As she said, I’ve ‘still got scars on my back from your knife,’ Dr. John.

It just seems I keep getting stabbed in the back, ya know?

Sorry it’s a bit late, but here is my Transformation Tuesday photo. I was having a ridiculously shitty day, but when putting this image together, I realized how good I actually have it. Some people or situations may not be the best, but overall things are going pretty well. It’s easy to focus on the negative, and sometimes rightly so, but be conscious of what your thoughts are. Hope everyone has a great week. #transformationtuesday #health #fitness #weightloss #fitspo #fitspiration #bodybuilding #cancer #scoliosis #inspiration #muscle #abs #gym #diet #instafitness #fit #workout #cardio #exercise #train #strong #motivation #active #determination #getfit #cleaneating