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lindzi_11
22nd November 2004, 06:16 PM
This is an Ad on Scoliosis I found in a Teen Magazine I was reading and Charlotte put it in her photobucket so you guys can read it. Just remember to enlarge it :-) Scoliosis Ad (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v46/CharlotteE/magazine.jpg)

Abbi
22nd November 2004, 09:49 PM
that is so cool! my little sister has a magazine (Mizz,....for all UK ppl) and a few years ago I read an article on scoliosis, then my sister dug it out again, and was like hey do you remember reading this, and I read it again, and I could totally relate to it...it was so cool!!

BarmyArmy
22nd November 2004, 11:43 PM
Thanks for the link guys :niceone: It's great when Scoliosis gets a mention somewhere.

Kayla
23rd November 2004, 12:18 AM
I remember when Julianne wrote a letter telling I think YM they should publish an article on scoliosis, they blew her off but atleast another magazine did it!

Marti
23rd November 2004, 04:22 AM
Which magazine?! I must go out and get it, so I can actually read the article. Although I think the title "I beat scoliosis" is a bit melodramatic.

ETA: never mind... I enlarged it, read it, and found the name of the magazine at the bottom

lindzi_11
23rd November 2004, 04:24 AM
Its just called Teen... and Hilary Duff is on the cover.

jfkimberly
23rd November 2004, 07:32 AM
Great article, Lindz. Thanks for sharing it.

titch
23rd November 2004, 10:30 AM
Thanks for that :D It's really great to see that it does get mentions here and there - an article like that probably does more to raise the profile of the condition than anything else could.

Liv
23rd November 2004, 04:17 PM
That's really great! :-) Thanks!

Abbi
25th November 2004, 03:35 PM
Hi guys....was so bored in placement today and b4 lunch i was flicking thru the "take a break" magazine and their was this article on ppl who chose to have surgery.This lady was 40 and was diagnosed w/scoliosis wen she was 18..she had a double curve and her dr sed that since it was a double curve they cancelled each other out....and well that was ok. Then when she was about 30 or so, she was getting severe back pain, after going to her dr several times, she was refered to a specialist (not a scoli one tho) and well he sed there was nothung he could do....but then she got refered to a scoli surgeon and he sed he could do the surgery....even tho she wouldnt get a really good correction....but she had it!

So yeah thats all i wanted to share with you! :monkey:

Abbi
25th November 2004, 11:25 PM
yep....yet another interesting topic from me.....oops!!!

jfkimberly
26th November 2004, 09:10 AM
Did they say how her surgery turned out? Did she get a good correction? Did it relieve some of her pain? What were her curves at diagnosis, and at 30? Any mention?

Abbi
26th November 2004, 03:37 PM
umm.....i think they corrected it to as good as it was when she was 18...it didnt mention figures, but she was pleased with it. b4 she was so embarrsed to wear a bathing costume....

BarmyArmy
26th November 2004, 03:47 PM
I think it's great that Scoliosis is starting to get recogised (postively) in the media more. It will certainly help draw awareness to our condition and will benefit people who haven't yet discovered our wonderful site :D

Abbi
26th November 2004, 03:51 PM
yep yep....i am actually thinking of having a study....like asking mothers of kids, and anyone really if they wana no more about scoli and stuff and make up leaflets...cos the Governement sure aint doing anything about it....

Sarahs Mum aka Chrissy
26th November 2004, 04:06 PM
Thats a good idea Abbi - I was amazed that children in the UK are not screened for this. Whereas other countries they are.
I have received some good literature from The Scoliosis Association Uk, aimed mainly at schools - it was a campaign they had awhile back called "getting it straight" - You may have heard of it.
I've taken it upon myself as a parent to talk to my daughters school about scoliosis, and they seemed very interested. In fact they are putting an article in this months newsletter.
But I honestly don't think the government does enough to make people aware of the implications that it can have on the sufferer, or, indeed just checking your child for the signs.
Your study idea sounds like a good one.

BarmyArmy
26th November 2004, 04:15 PM
Yeah I was stunned when I read a US book on Scoliosis that there is screening in the schools over the pond. :( I understand that the NHS is stretched but Britain does need a bit of re-education on this issue. My curves are only mild but may have been caught earlier instead of me being informed when I was 18 and after 1 and a half of chronic back pain that was orginally put down to a mixture of growing pains and my weight.

titch
26th November 2004, 06:26 PM
I was talking to a friend who is a teacher about this, and he was saying that we don't even have nit-nurses any more. Apparently most of the reason for this is that because of the physical contact involved, it opens the school and the nurse up to complaints of assault from irritable pupils and parents who don't believe that their little darling can possibly have something so vulgar as nits.

Things really needed to change from some of the bizarre abuses we had when I was at school, but this is completely ridiculous. He reckons there's no way that the current climate would allow there to be checking of childrens backs, whether by an external person such as a nurse, or by someone such as a trained PE teacher. I'd be interested to know if anyone else who's in the industry has any different ideas or information on this. If it can't be done in schools, perhaps it should be getting done through GPs - the vast majority are computerised these days, so a flag could be added to the account of each child, as to whether they'd been screened or not, so no specific appointment would be required for a check, it would just pop up to be done in passing when a child was at the doctor anyway. An ideal time for a one off check would be when getting a tetanus booster aged around 12.

butterflylr
26th November 2004, 07:22 PM
I was never screened for scoliosis which come to find out later was strange to not have done. Most schools here in the US do it. Mine apparently was cheap or something. It makes me upset cause maybe we could have caught it when I was younger and actually do something about it.

Abbi
26th November 2004, 09:53 PM
i swear i hate all this legislation on contact with children...cos when i worked in a nursery we werent allowed to picked the kids up....and like when a kid falls on the ground....what is your natural your reaction? to console him/her....andto hug him/her but we cnt do that!!!

gabrielle
27th November 2004, 06:55 AM
Wow! :-o You can't hug a little kid (at a nursery, or whatever) when they fall or get hurt?? That's crazy! Titch, I think your idea for children to be checked by a gp is probably the best. I seem to remember being checked for scoliosis in about 9th grade. The problem is that I don't think a gym teacher is really adequately taught how to spot it. It certainly didn't help me. I understand that lumbar scoliosis is often harder to detect, but mine was already 62 degrees by the time I was 23.

titch
27th November 2004, 11:45 AM
Certainly they'd need to be taught how to check for it properly - the main reason gym teachers would be a good choice is that they could easily check everyone at the beginning of each term, so 3 times a year, which would give a very good chance of catching sudden curves before they get too bad.

Also, there is new technology being developed all the time, one of these things being something called the spinal mouse or something similar to that, which gives a surprisingly accurate curve reading just by being run over the back. If more non-invasive techniques can be developed, especially ones which require only minimal training, regular checking in schools would be the ideal. But the more I find out about how it is for teachers, the less feasible the whole thing seems :(

Marti
28th November 2004, 07:44 PM
My school had a screening once, and only once. Luckily we have a great pediatrician though, so he screened us every year.

Our elementary schools here don't have nurses. They have a health officer or something like that,but you just have to be trained in first aid. The high schools have nurses and doctors though. It's absurd that the schools are to cheap to care about students' health. I have a scar on my arm that I think could have been prevented, but even though it was bleeding a lot, I was just given an ice pack and maybe a bandaid. The schools should take more responsibility.