Embracing Your Scoliosis Journey: A Guide to Enhancing Well-Being and Cultivating Community

Living with scoliosis involves more than understanding the basic facts about your spinal curvature—it’s about embracing your journey, overcoming challenges, and leveraging the strength of community support. With a focus on awareness and the solidarity of shared experiences, you can navigate life with scoliosis confidently and connect with those who can truly relate to your Read more about Embracing Your Scoliosis Journey: A Guide to Enhancing Well-Being and Cultivating Community[…]

Prioritizing Your Mental Health

Your scoliosis journey is often filled withs lots of ups and downs. We want you to celebrate your ups, but also take care of your mental health during the downs. All of us face stress and anxiousness at one point or another. These feelings are completely normal, but we want you to be able to Read more about Prioritizing Your Mental Health[…]

Meet the Empower Hour Team

Meet the Empower Hour Leaders! What is The Empower Hour? The Empower Hour is a virtual, educational support group program for kids and teens with scoliosis led by licensed mental health providers and doctoral students. The fabulous leaders will keep the discussions informative, positive, but, most importantly, fun. You’ll leave these sessions feeling ready to Read more about Meet the Empower Hour Team[…]

Best Buys for Scoliosis Surgery Recovery

While the road to recovery after your scoliosis surgery is filled with ups and downs, there are some items that might make recovery easier for you. Below you’ll find some tips about how to prepare and hear from kids and teens who have had surgery! 1. Grippy slippers/socks – The hospital will provide grippy socks, Read more about Best Buys for Scoliosis Surgery Recovery[…]

No More Scoliosis Warriors | Changing Our Way Of Thinking

We hear the phrase all the time – scoliosis warriors. It is frequently used to describe the brave young women and men who are diagnosed with scoliosis, and you often hear and see it on social media, t-shirts, etc. Here at Scolios-us, we’ve even used the phrase. But it’s time we reconsider. Yes, you are Read more about No More Scoliosis Warriors | Changing Our Way Of Thinking[…]

Dancing Through Scoliosis | Autumn’s Journey

Dancing Through Scoliosis | Autumn’s Journey Hi! My name is Autumn, and I am a 15-year-old ballerina with scoliosis. I was diagnosed at the age of 14 after my ballet teacher suspected that I might have scoliosis. After seeing an orthopedist, I was diagnosed with a moderately sized curve and was then was immediately fitted Read more about Dancing Through Scoliosis | Autumn’s Journey[…]

Rebuilding the Body & Mind Relationship

Rebuilding the Body & Mind Relationship Written by Megan Glahn Castille I am by no means a good skier. But, during my trip to Salt Lake City in January 2023, being a mediocre skier and tackling a black slope for the first time meant so much more than just that. To give you some background, Read more about Rebuilding the Body & Mind Relationship[…]

Spinal Anatomy…and Scoliosis!

Spinal Anatomy…and Scoliosis! Written by Emma Yuguchi Your spine is extremely complex and in fact – pretty remarkable! Throughout my scoliosis journey, I was intrigued at the amazing complexity of the spine. Although scoliosis can sometimes be confusing, it was fascinating to learn a little bit more about the backbone of my body. I remember Read more about Spinal Anatomy…and Scoliosis![…]

Presentations for Heading Back to School

Presentations for Heading Back to School Going back to school with your new scoliosis brace can be the perfect opportunity to teach your classmates about scoliosis! You might feel a little nervous going back to school with your brace, and that’s perfectly normal. Your classmates are probably curious about your brace, so giving a presentation Read more about Presentations for Heading Back to School[…]

The Unknowns: Controllables vs Uncontrollables

The Unknowns: Controllables vs Uncontrollables Written by Annie Kramer At the age of 12, I was diagnosed with severe idiopathic scoliosis. Walking into a new school as a 6th grader had its challenges, especially with the additional challenge of my worsening spine. Before I knew it my doctors put me in a full-time hard shell Read more about The Unknowns: Controllables vs Uncontrollables[…]

A Long Journey from Anxiety to Gratitude

A Long Journey from Anxiety to Gratitude Written by Marja Heinonen My daughter, Kaisa, was seven when she was diagnosed with scoliosis. She wore scoliosis braces for nine years, from seven to 16. I could have hardly imagined that the foremost emotions seventeen years later would be gratitude and pride. But those are the feelings Read more about A Long Journey from Anxiety to Gratitude[…]

Let Them Play Sports! Addressing the Topic of Sports and Scoliosis

Let Them Play Sports! Addressing the Topic of Sports and Scoliosis The discovery of scoliosis or other spine structural changes often leads to a myriad of follow-up questions. Among them, discussion around the role of sports participation. Bottom line – let them continue to play sports! Let’s dig in a bit deeper. Today’s blog post Read more about Let Them Play Sports! Addressing the Topic of Sports and Scoliosis[…]

Mehta Casting

Mehta Casting Written by Pediatric RN, Sarah Tollison What is Mehta casting? Mehta casting is a series of casts that are changed every 2-3 months that gently straighten a child’s spine. The cast is made out of either plaster of paris or fiberglass and is shaped around their torso. There is a hole for their Read more about Mehta Casting[…]

Creating a Welcoming Environment for Your Scoliosis Patients

Creating a Welcoming Environment for Your Scoliosis Patients When patients first enter our O&P offices, they are frequently already overwhelmed. Many have just found out about their scoliosis. Others have been being observed for years, but were just told that their curves have worsened. Emotions are high as they enter our office for their initial Read more about Creating a Welcoming Environment for Your Scoliosis Patients[…]

Tips for Heading Back to School from Fellow Bracers

Tips for Heading Back to School We polled the scoli squad to help get you ready to go back to school with your scoliosis brace! We asked them about different topics, and here are their responses: “If you feel like you want to hide your brace, you can wear your pants/shorts over your brace, then Read more about Tips for Heading Back to School from Fellow Bracers[…]

Dancing Through Scoliosis

Dancing Through Scoliosis My name is Aika Takagi. I’m 13 years old. I wanted to share my scoliosis and dance journey. My scoliosis and dance journey are intertwined through my love for dance and pushing myself to do better in everything I do. When I was 11, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. Scoliosis is where Read more about Dancing Through Scoliosis[…]

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My Scoliosis Story - Ryan Arter

Hi Everyone,

My name is Ryan and I underwent three major back surgeries between 2008 to 2015. I was first diagnosed with Scoliosis early on in middle school along with Kyphosis in high school. My very first back surgery was at the end of my 9th grade year of high school in 2008. It was a 12 hour surgery and I spent the following month in the hospital for rehab. The total recovery time was around 8 months to get back to normal in which I could walk on my own, bike, drive and enjoy life again.

A few years later, I had my second back surgery in 2011. It was a 6 hour surgery due to Kyphosis with a recovery time of around 5 - 6 months. Finally, my third surgery happened in 2015. This was actually an emergency surgery to fix the upper broken rods in my back. It was another 6 hour surgery but with a much quicker recovery time of 3.5 months. Thankfully, I was both mentally and physically stronger before the third surgery.

Today, during my free time I enjoy biking and walking my dog, Pearl. In conclusion, relearning how to walk after each surgery wasn't easy, but I persevered through the many months of rehab and physical therapy to build a better me. Also, I wanted to say a special Thank You to all the AMAZING Doctors, Nurses and medical workers at UCSF and John Muir Hospitals in Northern California.

- Ryan

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