Kyphosis

Kyphosis and Hyperkyphosis Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on March 10, 2020. First published February 20, 2020. If you open the dictionary, kyphosis is defined as the exaggerated outward curvature of the the thoracic region of the spine which results in a rounded upper back. You may have also heard kyphosis, especially hyperkyphosis (more severe

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Surgical Release: What Happens During Scoliosis Spinal Fusion Surgery

Surgical Release: What Happens During Scoliosis Spinal Fusion Surgery

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on February 27, 2020. There are many animations of spinal fusion surgery available online as well as actual videos of surgery which describe what happens during spinal fusion surgery. While in actual videos of surgery it can be difficult to see what is happening, 3D animations of spinal fusion surgery

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Is scoliosis hereditary, genetic, or both?

Is scoliosis hereditary, genetic, or both?

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on March 10, 2020. Genetic testing seems to be all the rage right now with Ancestry, 23andMe and many other providing insight into your family history and health using genetic testing. But what does it mean for a disease or problem to be genetic? Is scoliosis hereditary or is it

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Scoliosis Surgical Risk Calculator

Scoliosis Surgical Risk Calculator

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on February 27, 2020. First published December 14, 2019. What This Calculator Does There are two major questions everyone asks about their child's scoliosis curve: will the curve get worse, and will the curve get worse enough that it requires surgery. Based on the most current research, you can estimate

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Why Does Scoliosis Get Worse With Growth?

Why Does Scoliosis Get Worse With Growth?

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on March 10, 2020. For children with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, both parents and kids with a curve will worry whether or not the curve will get larger and worsen over time. Worrying about a curve progressing is completely understandable as many curves rapidly get worse as a child grows, especially

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Nerve Tension and Scoliosis

Nerve Tension and Scoliosis Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on February 27, 2020. First published November 6, 2019. Scoliosis has been treated for centuries, with some of the first treatments being described in the 5th century BC by Hippocrates. Yet despite over 2000 years of history the cause of scoliosis, in particular idiopathic scoliosis has

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Is bracing for scoliosis effective?

Is bracing for scoliosis effective?

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on March 10, 2020. First published October 30, 2019. "An old man turned ninety-eight, he won the lottery and died the next day." This may be a lyric from Alanis Morissette's song Ironic, but think about it in the context of scoliosis bracing: if we wear a brace just for

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Do the effects of bracing last?

Do the effects of bracing last?

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on February 27, 2020. First published October 16, 2019. For someone who has been diagnosed with scoliosis, or for parents who just learned their child has scoliosis, the topic of bracing can be an emotional one. Considering the amount of time and money that goes into making and wearing a

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Fact Checking Scoliosis

Fact Checking Scoliosis

Written and reviewed for scientific and factual accuracy by Dr. Austin Jelcick, PhD and Dr. Matthew Janzen, DC. Last reviewed/edited on February 27, 2020. First published October 16, 2019. Whether you, your child, your friend, or your family member has scoliosis, the first place people go when they need to learn about something is online. Even for someone without scoliosis who wants to learn more, perhaps during scoliosis awareness month,

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