- Is Scoliosis Preventable? Considering Genetics’ ImpactPublished March 18, 2016
Often, patients inquire about the genetics behind scoliosis. My answer to them is: "It's complicated." It may sound cliché, but it's true. In 2003, the Human Genome Project was completed and promised the possibility for identifying genes associated with each individual person and his or her phenotypes. The project, however, is ongoing, since the sequencing of the genome is one thing, and identifying individual genes responsible for a disease state is another. This is partially due to the ... Read more
- The Role of Muscles in Stabilization of the Spine In Scoliosis RehabilitationPublished January 18, 2016
In scoliosis specific exercise there are 2 different camps of thought when it comes to strengthening weakened muscles to help stabilize the spine. One camp believes that only the deep postural muscles of the trunk that directly attach to the spine are necessary to activate, the other camp feels that both the deep postural muscles and the more superficial muscles that attach the spine to the upper and lower extremities are important to activate. .
- Epigenetics and Scoliosis: Stop Blaming Your Genes!Published October 22, 2014
By Dr Kevin Lau.
Scoliosis has traditionally been believed to be a genetic condition that an individual is predisposed to before birth. According to this belief, if you have the misfortune of developing scoliosis, then it was written into your DNA and there is nothing you or any doctor can do about it. .
However, the emerging field of epigenetics suggests that we are not solely a product of our heredity. Recent studies have shown the connection between genetic diseases like scoliosis, a... Read more
- Genetics Research—A Largely Failed Science Now Used for Social Control?Published September 29, 2014
I've previously written about how your environment and lifestyle, particularly your diet, has a direct influence on your genetic expression. For example, research using identical twins have shown that diet trumps genes in terms of the level of health you achieve..
The science of epigenetics also challenges the conventional view of genetics, proving that the environment determines which traits a gene will express, and that your fate is in no way written in stone even if you have genetic predisp... Read more
- Do experienced surgeons have better outcomes with scoliosis surgery? 5 findingsPublished August 28, 2014
An article recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery examined whether surgeon experience had an impact on outcomes for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis correction..
The researchers examined posterior-only surgical procedures for AIS from 2007 to 2008 and followed patients for a minimum of two years. There were nine surgeons in the study total — four who had less than five years of experience and five surgeons who had five or more years of experience. Around 165 patients ... Read more
- Spine Development for Kids Published August 12, 2014
Parents are usually very concerned about the development of their child’s brain. They want to ensure that the kid is going to be intelligent and academically strong and able to make bundles of money. However, not many pay attention to the most important part of the human body, namely the spine. .
As adults, a large number of us are falling prey to spinal problems. Right from constant back aches to sciatica to even prolapsed discs, all of it has become very common. The root of all th... Read more
- Scoliosis Surgery: What Scars And Recovery Look Like From A Real Patient's Point Of ViewPublished April 14, 2014
Scoliosis, a sideways curve of the spine that may take the form of a letter “C” or “S”, is a common condition affecting many pre-teens and teens. In some cases, patients will have surgery to lessen the curve and prevent it from worsening. One patient bravely revealed photos of both her pre-op and post-op body in postings to Imgur. Teens considering the surgery for themselves might want to see the simple story of how someone else successfully moved through both her surgery... Read more
- Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis: Factors Associated With Low BMIPublished January 18, 2014
A study recently published in Spine seeks to determine the link between low preoperative body mass index and the outcomes of spinal fusion for patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis..
The researchers examined 77 patients with AIS who underwent posterior spinal fusion and correction during a two-year period. There were 21 patients with low preoperative BMI, and in five cases the patients were considered "severely thin.".
After conducting univariate and multivariate regression analyses,... Read more
- Spinal Fusion for Adult Scoliosis: What Are Survival Rates?Published December 18, 2013
An article recently published in The Spine Journal found that survival rate for primary spinal fusion in adult scoliosis patients was 89.8 percent at one year postoperatively..
The study examined 59 patients 21 years or older that underwent primary surgery for idiopathic or degenerative curves and were followed for minimum of two years postoperatively. Survival rate at three years was 73.4 percent and 64 percent at five years. At 10 years postoperatively, the survival rate was 60.9 percent..
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- 13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick And FatPublished October 18, 2013
Nutrition is full of all kinds of nonsense..
The worst examples are listed here, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg..
Here are the top 13 nutrition lies that have made the world both sick and fat..
1. Eggs Are Bad For Your Health.
Eggs are so incredibly nutritious that they’re often called “nature’s multivitamin.”.
The nutrients in them are enough to turn a single cell into an entire baby chicken..
However, eggs have been demonized ... Read more
- New Release: International Edition of Scoliosis Exercises for Prevention & Correction DVD!Published October 13, 2013
Innovation and breakthrough for patients with scoliosis. Surgery, may not be the only option for patients that have been diagnosed with scoliosis. Dr. Kevin Lau, the Founder of Health in Your Hands (HIYH) brings to you the revolutionary and innovative, Scoliosis Exercises for Prevention and Correction DVD, the International Edition..
This DVD is an amazing and empowering compilation of exercises, fitness regimens and exclusive details on no... Read more
- Improving spinal health for Pilates Scoliosis Published October 11, 2013
The spine has an important role in our body. It supports the head and trunk and enables us maintain our upright posture. It also provides protection for the main pathway of the nervous system of the body, the spinal cord. Ideally the spine should be straight when it is viewed from behind. Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine has sideways curvature, typically curving in an “S” or a “C”-shape. The curve can appear in varying areas of the spine..
When spine is norma... Read more
- Researchers Find Online Scoliosis Info Is Poor QualityPublished October 11, 2013
The quality of web-based information on scoliosis is poor, according to a study published in the Aug. 15 issue of Spine..
FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- The quality of web-based information on scoliosis is poor, according to a study published in the Aug. 15 issue of Spine..
Shaun Wellburn, from Teesside University in Middlesbrough, U.K., and colleagues evaluated seven websites for scoliosis-related content. Three reviewers used DISCERN, a validated information assessment tool, to evalua... Read more
- Unexplained Post-Op Pain in Adolescent Scoliosis CasesPublished October 11, 2013
Unexplained pain after the six-month postoperative period occurs in 7% of patients undergoing surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), according to a study published in the Oct. 1 issue of Spine..
Tracey P. Bastrom, from Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, and colleagues reviewed data from a prospective registry to identify AIS surgical patients with minimum two-year follow-up and two-year Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) scores. Results from the SRS-22 outcomes questionnaire were... Read more
- An Alternative Scoliosis Treatment Seem Too Good To Be True Are Often Scams Published October 11, 2013
Alternative scoliosis treatment options vary greatly and can offer promising results but buyers beware. Websites that offer exciting new methods of treating scoliosis demonstrating results that seem too good to be true are often scams. The best way to discover whether or not a website offering alternative scoliosis treatment which is defined as treatment other than a medical standard of care such as rigid bracing or surgery is to conduct further r... Read more
- Beyond Calcium and Vitamin D—How to Really Build Strong BonesPublished July 11, 2013
One of the important strategies for healthy bones is to eat the right kind of foods. A diet full of processed foods will produce biochemical and metabolic conditions in your body that will decrease your bone density, so avoiding processed foods is definitely the first step in the right direction..
Eating high-quality, organic, biodynamic, locally-grown food will naturally increase your bone density and decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis. Along with your foods, your omega-3 fat conte... Read more
- Bracing and spinal surgery mostly ineffective in the treatment of scoliosis; real hope lies elsewhere Published March 15, 2013
The most recent statistics reveal that the United States has the highest number of deaths caused by scoliosis in the world (245) followed by Spain and Germany (both with 44 deaths). Putting each country's current population in the equation means that Germany has the highest percentage of deaths caused by scoliosis in the world, followed by Spain and then the United States..
This is because scoliosis is much more than having... Read more
- New Calcium Recommendation: Most People Can Skip Calcium Supplements, Prevention Panel SaysPublished February 28, 2013
Women have been told for years that if they don't take calcium supplements religiously, they're putting themselves at risk of crippling hip fractures in old age. Now the word from a major government panel: Why bother? There's no evidence that taking calcium supplements reduces the risk of fractures for most people, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said. The recommendations were published online Monday by the Annals of Internal Medicine. That applies to postmenopausal women, the target aud... Read more
- Medical Groups Take Issue With Insurers' Spine Surgery RulePublished February 28, 2013
A collection of nine medical associations is arguing against new restrictions on spinal-fusion surgery set by a health insurer in North Carolina amid concerns such restrictions could limit patient care and spread to other states..
Whether the groups can alter the new rules from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, which go into effect Jan. 1, remains to be seen. But the response is evidence doctors are joining forces to battle ongoing insurance pressure on the spinal-fusion market. Se... Read more
- ScolioTrack Research Validates the Use of iPhonePublished April 5, 2012
Use of the iPhone for Cobb angle measurement in scoliosis..
Shaw M, Adam CJ, Izatt MT, Licina P, Askin GN..
Paediatric Spine Research Group, Queensland University of Technology and Mater Health Services, Brisbane, Australia. .
Objective. To determine the clinical outcome of middle-aged patients surgically treated for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and compare their outcomes to assessments of age- and sex-matched healthy controls..
Summary of Background Data. Several long-term follow-up studies have been published on the clinical outcomes of surgical treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in patients who have reached their 20s or 30s. Howe... Read more
- Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Prevent Adult-onset Scoliosis?Published March 6, 2012
In a new study published in the European Spine Journal, researchers wanted to see if hormone deficiencies were a triggering event for adult degenerative scoliosis, a condition that commonly occurs in postmenopausal women. It is thought that menopausal hormone changes affect bone density, which sets off a cascade of events that leads to degenerative scoliosis..
In this latest study, women given hormone replacement therapy we... Read more
- Top 10 mobile 2.0 apps for HealthPublished March 5, 2012
Apple’s App Store offers some of the most amazing applications in the market. People download application almost in every category. Moreover, there have been so many innovations in the recent years that it is very difficult to choose which application is the best. Everyone has their own top 10 list based on what they have seen. However, we bring to you a thoroughly studied list of medical application that can be useful for everyone. These apps are will provi... Read more
- New hope for scoliosis sufferers – A holisitc approachPublished March 5, 2012
A look at the unique 3-step approach to treat scoliosis from a holistic approach by Dr. Kevin Lau D.C..
In an age when scoliosis is being viewed as much more than a mere spine curvature, a holistic view offers the essential dictates of diet and exercise to form a non-invasive and long term solution to the disease, aided by the use of the state-of-the-art devices from Meditrac, Vertetrac as well as the Dynamic Brace System (... Read more
- The Ineffectiveness of Scoliosis Bracing Published March 5, 2012
Scoliosis is known by the curvature of a person’s spine. The areas commonly afflicted are the middle or side bones of the spine. Scoliosis can be discovered at birth, while in the womb the bones of the spine fail to form properly or the ribs fuse together leading to congenital scoliosis. The condition poses minimal risk to infants and young children of both genders. .
Neuromuscular scoliosis refers to muscle prob... Read more
- Analysis of Conventional Model of Scoliosis TreatmentPublished November 17, 2011
The three medically-sanctioned methods of scoliosis treatment - observation, bracing, and surgery - have been around for decades, and a great deal of research has been done on the risks & benefits of each option. However, the general conclusion of this research suggests that a new paradigm is desperately needed, as there are many conflicts and inadequacies present in the current model..
The use of braces to correct excessive curvature of the spine (scoliosis) in adolescents is a subject of ongoing debate and a new review of the medical literature does little to resolve the matter..
Although there is some evidence that adolescents with scoliosis may benefit from wearing hard or elastic braces to correct spinal curvature, research thus far has failed to prove definitively that bracing... Read more
- Exercises to Avoid for ScoliosisPublished November 17, 2011
One common misconception for the people with the back conditions like scoliosis is they must avoid any kind of physical activity. In reality, some exercises will help to relieve this pain linked with the condition and that is characterized by abnormal and sideways curve in spine. Scoliosis patients must avoid some movements, which will worsen their condition and pain..
The high impact e... Read more
- Natto Wonder Food for ScoliosisPublished November 17, 2011
Many, many years ago, when the Samurai roamed feudal Japan, they got many things wrong. A warlike and brutal enemy, the Samurai would often kill and pillage hundreds in their professional lifetime. They still had to maintain the lifestyle though, and without the processed foods that are available today, manage a daily routine that often involved a lot of trekking and probable combat. They also had to maintain the horses that were so valuable to them to. These hors... Read more
- Wonders of Kefir for Scoliosis SufferersPublished October 27, 2011
There are many great foods and other substances in history, but every now and then one comes along that actually proves to be directly beneficial to someone who is suffering as regards a medical condition. Often this 'wonder food' is picked up by the media and converted into something that will save thousands of lives. When it comes to a condition like Scoliosis, where sufferers have the discomfort and embarrassment of a spina... Read more
- Scoliosis Dangers Spinal SurgeryPublished October 24, 2011
Scoliosis is something that can attack a sufferer on two fronts. Firstly, it can cause great pain and discomfort in the sufferer, especially if it affects them from a young age. This can mean also that some sufferers spend a lot of time on medication and even in bed due to the unbearable pain that they can suffer..
In addition to pain and discomfort, there can also be some emotional damage s... Read more
- Scoliosis Surgery Is It Worth the Cost?Published October 24, 2011
Sometimes the remedy can be worse than the disease.
It is about a ten-hour surgery in which they open you up on your side and on your back. In my particular surgery they would put three rods in my back and hold them together with five screws. In order to help my bone grow they took out one of my ribs and six of my discs, and they also took a bone graft from my lower hip (right on my butt). They took this bone and f... Read more
- The Effectiveness of Scoliosis BracingPublished October 23, 2011
Scoliosis is known by the curvature of a person’s spine. Scoliosis can be discovered at birth, while in the womb the bones of the spine fail to form properly or the ribs fuse together leading to congenital scoliosis. The condition poses minimal risk to infants and young children of both genders..
Neuromuscular scoliosis refers to muscle problems such as poor muscle control, muscle weaknesses and muscle paralysis cause... Read more
- Child Self Diagnosisfor ScoliosisPublished October 23, 2011
It is understandable that a parent may feel a little distressed if they believe that their child has scoliosis, however it is vitally important that you know the difference between a self diagnosis and that carried out by a physician..
Scoliosis is a condition of the spine that can cause great discomfort and stress to the sufferer. The curving of the spine is something that can affect young ... Read more