June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month, which serves as a beacon to spotlight education, early detection, and public awareness about the disease. Accordingly, Spinal Dynamics has a couple of interesting updates in ways we have adopted the initiative, and are striving to help serve the cause of scoliosis beyond our excellent standard of care.
Scoliosis affects over 7 million people in the United States, or about 1 in 40 Americans. Consequently, it is the most widely diagnosed spinal deformity nationwide. Although it can affect any age, it is typically found between the ages of 10 and 15, with females being twice as likely to be diagnosed.
Fewer than half of the schools in the U.S. provide screening, although the American Academy of Pediatrics and Orthopedics has recommended two screenings for females at the ages of 10 and 12, and one for males at the age of 13.
We are pleased to be offering free scoliosis screenings for kids ages 10-15 on Tuesday for the rest of the month of June, walk-in or call ahead. Screenings take only about 10 minutes, and early detection is the key for successful treatment!
Wisconsin has been recognizing June as National Scoliosis Awareness Month for half a decade, but still does not provide in-school screenings for adolescents, as only half of the country does. As a result, we have decided to open up our clinic for free screenings for ages 10-15 from 12:00-1:00 for the duration of June, in support of the goals put forth nationally for this month.
Support prevention and awareness by getting your child or teen screened this month for no cost to you. We are honored and happy to provide information and resources about this disease to the public in support of the National Scoliosis Awareness Month initiative!
Spinal Dynamics President Cindy Marti, has been working hard with four colleagues (Hagit Berdishevsky, Beth Janssen, Patricia Orthwein, and Amy Sbihli) to establish Schroth-Barcelona Institute, a Schroth Method teaching group sanctioned by the BSPTS based in Europe. The SBI mission, “to provide a central organization based in USA which facilitates the training and certification of physical therapists and to develop standard of education and practice standards in the Schroth Method”, fits hand in hand with the June Awareness Month goals of education and public awareness.
Though the five BSPTS certified therapists have been teaching and bringing this revolutionary treatment option to the U.S. for years through their original group, Scoliosis Education Seminars, they have recently formed this exciting new LLC to grow above and beyond their previous goals.
One of the Schroth-Barcelona Institute continuing education teaching opportunities has already been underway with optimism and success, as the group has been teaching and increasing awareness through their 2-day course at Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, Introduction to Scoliosis and Hyperkyphosis – Evaluation and Coordination of Care.
This course seeks to expand upon the introduction to scoliosis given in PT school, and gives therapists the tools and understanding to identify clinical signs of scoliosis/hyperkyphosis in adults and children, refer patients for x-ray diagnosis, coordinate care based upon key variables, and apply protective principles for scoliosis/hyperkyphosis in the clinical setting.
In addition to these new programs, Schroth-Barcelona Institute continues to teach their BSPTS certification courses, and Spinal Dynamics plays a supporting role in hosting and teaching some of these certification classes (pictured above). Most recently, SBI was proud to certify the March 2017 C1 level class (pictured below) featuring some of the newest group alumni, many of whom will go on to propagate the June Awareness Month initiatives and the Schroth Method teachings.
More about Schroth-Barcelona Institute and their attempt to bridge the gap in education from PT school to specialized Scoliosis therapy using the Schroth Method can be found on their website at www.schroth-barcelonainstitute.com.