June is a significant month for millions of people worldwide, as it marks Scoliosis Awareness Month. This condition, characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine, affects individuals regardless of age or gender, posing unique challenges to their posture, mobility, and overall quality of life. During the month of June, the National Spine Health Foundation shed light on the importance of raising awareness about scoliosis and shared inspiring stories that offer hope to those facing this condition. While June may be over, Scoliosis is a condition that people live with year-round, necessitating our support all year long. You can continue to access all of our valuable information on Scoliosis that we shared during the month here. Below are just a few of the resources that you will find there.
Spine-Talks Event: As part of Scoliosis Awareness Month, a notable Spine-Talks event was organized by the National Spine Health Foundation and the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation. Esteemed panelists, world-renowned spine surgeons Dr. Larry Lenke and Dr. Suken Shah, led an exploration of the latest treatments and advancements in pediatric and adult scoliosis. Their expertise shed light on the unique aspects of scoliosis, including its progression and potential complications in adulthood. By sharing this knowledge, they aim to equip individuals with the information they need to navigate their scoliosis journey effectively.
Support from Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation: The Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting scoliosis research, plays a vital role in empowering individuals and families impacted by scoliosis. They provide educational resources, connections, and awareness campaigns to ensure that those affected have the support they need. One such resource is the Idiopathic Scoliosis patient handbook, which shares valuable information and insights from patients who have experienced a scoliosis diagnosis. Additionally, webinars and podcasts further contribute to spreading awareness and fostering a sense of community.
Unleashing Your Inner Superhero: In a touching episode of the “Get Back to It” podcast, host Dr. Rita Roy teams up with Jennifer Fell and her remarkable four-year-old son, Liam, who is a true spinal champion. From the moment Liam’s abnormal spinal curve was discovered through an ultrasound, their journey has been filled with challenges. However, they have embraced the importance of trusted specialists and relied on invaluable resources like the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation and the National Spine Health Foundation. Liam’s story of resilience, starting from wearing a brace at the tender age of two, exemplifies how hope and inner strength can triumph over any obstacle.
Scoliosis Awareness Month serves as a reminder that unity, awareness, and support can make a significant impact in the lives of individuals and families affected by scoliosis. By raising awareness about this condition, organizations like the National Spine Health Foundation and the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation are empowering individuals to navigate their journeys with resilience and hope. Together, let us continue to spread awareness and support research so that those affected by Scoliosis can find the knowledge and hope they need to overcome this diagnosis.