Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Effective Treatment Plan

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine which typically occurs between the ages of 10 and 17 years of age. There are many paths one could embark on to treat the disorder, but the path depends a set of factors.

These factors are age at time of diagnosis, stage of skeletal maturity, and magnitude and pattern of curvature. These factors influence the rate of curvature progression, as well as deformity or morbidity later on in life.

There are three ways to treat Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) and they are observation, bracing and surgery. A doctor and patient decide together the best way to treat the problem. Generally, observation takes place until 30 degrees, bracing is usually for 30 to 40 degrees and while the skeleton is still growing, and finally surgery is saved for when the patient has stopped growing, the curves are 50 degrees or more.

So, the best treatment plan depends on many different factors and as a result there is not one go-to treatment plan to fit everyone.

Multiple Sclerosis

I came across a poem about Multiple Sclerosis and thought I would share it.

M.S.

Strong but then weak
Happy but then sad
Sometimes feeling hopeful
Always dreading the bad

Scared and uncertain,
Where will it end?
Way too frightened
To peer past the bend

Why has life dealt me
This terrible blow?
I used to feel great
But now I feel low

I feel so frustrated
And angry, unsure
Will I ever experience
Life ‘as before’?

I know I am loved
And people, they care
So why do I feel lonely
And no-one is there?

This illness is evil
Seeps right through my soul
I want to feel warmth
But it leaves me so cold

I have to believe
That my strength will endure
I will deal with this illness
Though I know there’s no cure

I know I can’t beat it
But I know I can cope
I don’t want your sympathy
I just want some hope

So I’ll smile and I’ll laugh
And make sure I survive
I’m ME — a good person
And I’m very much alive.

I have included the link for those who want to view it with the music.

Rush of the Wind

Cruising down the road

Wind rushing by

Arms hold on tight

Reaching towards the sky

 

Roar of a lion

Purr like a cat

Freedom on the road

Nothing beats that

 

Pressed against your back

I squeeze my legs around

I wish you would reach back

Let me know you feel

 

The things that I feel

The rush of the wind

The thrill of the ride

Never let it end

 

The ride of my life

It changed me inside

Can’t wait to feel

Wind rushing by