It is exciting to see results similar to what I got a chance to see in the European countries that are WAY AHEAD of the USA, when I was at SOSORT this spring in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Yesterday I saw a young teenage girl who improved her curve 17 degrees with her faithful wearing of the brace, and daily performance of the PSSE. We literally gave this young lady a standing ovation in the clinic room for her dedication to improving her scoliosis through her daily choices that will have a HUGE effect on her quality of life in the LONG RUN.
We did have a couple of teens who had slacked off a bit on their PSSE and brace wear, and saw no improvement, and one where the curve had actually worsened. Rather than coming down hard on the teen, we had really good dialogues about CHOICES -- daily choices they can make to be more intentional to get those curves down hopefully under 30 degrees, so they can much more likely live a happier, healthier life with better posture -- and be much less likely to need spine surgery in the future. We're continuing to tweak our in-house 3D brace design to work on better corrections, but also to make it lower profile and more comfortable so that the brace is not very evident under clothes at school -- which helps with compliance.
We saw several others who had improvements in the 3-10 degree range as well, which actually included a 61 yo nurse practitioner who has degenerative combined with adolescent scoliosis, who had a 4 degree correction of her thoracic and She feels absolutely great in her brace, which she wears for most of the day working in clinic, with excellent relief of her pain. Patricia shared some tricks for how to wear a special bra that is much more comfortable under the brace. She literally does not want to be out of that brace and had a really big smile the whole clinic visit, eager to share. I actually learned about this adult bracing using the 3D CADCAM Personalized brace in Croatia as well, which included seeing an incredible video of an older man with severe kyphosis who was restored to an upright posture with the brace. Who would have imagined that 3D CADCAM Rigo-like braces would actually not only give good relief, but also help with quality of life!
|Postop Scoliosis athlete Karmen wins regional cross-country meet October 15, 2018 in Georgia|
|Oct 27 2018 Karmen leads the pack GA XC championship|
|Oct 27 2018: Karmen with her 1st Place ALL-STATE Cross-Country Championship Award|
This weekend, I'm preparing another talk for Triangle Christian Medical and Dental Association (TCMDA) for Friday November 9th on "Burnout Prevention and Treatment - How To Enjoy The Journey in Hope", as well as working on some home chores, rounding, and working on our multi-site eChecklist project with our POSNA grant. Today I worked outside all day -- absolutely beautiful fall day here in North Carolina. Now it time for dinner. Time is UP!! Have a great evening.
Lloyd A. Hey, MD MS ---- Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Care . -- http://www.heyclinic.com