Welcome to Scolios-us!
We hope that Scolios-us helps you along your scoliosis journey by better preparing you to wear your brace and connecting you with some great scoliosis-specific resources. Finding out that you have to wear a brace is probably not what you want to hear, but Scolios-us is here to make the transition as easy as possible!
What is Scolios-us?
Scolios-us is a web-based platform intended to empower scoliosis patients with the tools and resources they need to be successful brace-wearers.
How did Scolios-us start?
My name is Megan Glahn, and I am the founder of Scolios-us. I’m a resident in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Masters program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Of all of the topics we have learned about in school, scoliosis bracing has been one of my favorites, which led me to start Scolios-us.
For the past six years, I have been coaching competitive gymnastics to girls from ages 6 to 16. I’ve watched these girls go through all of the struggles that come with growing up. Growing up is never easy, so I’ve enjoyed being able to help my gymnasts go through this process.
Because of my time coaching, I have found a passion for working with kids and adolescents. Growing up is already hard enough without having to wear a big scoliosis brace all the time. Add a brace, and it’s a whole new ball game. With the brace, scoli kids and teenagers have to transition both physically and socially. Their bodies have to adjust to this new brace, but I believe the social transition is even more difficult.
During adolescence, fitting in and belonging are of the utmost importance, and a scoliosis brace can often make this difficult. This can cause patients to wear their brace less than they should. Research has shown that hours spent wearing the brace greatly affects how well bracing works. The more hours wearing the brace, the better bracing works. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true – the fewer hours spent in the brace, the less effective the bracing. The reasoning behind Scolios-us is that empowering scoliosis patients with the tools and resources they need will make them successful brace-wearers, leading to increased wear-time and more effective bracing.
Scolios-us intends to “coach” scoliosis patients through the transition into wearing a brace. The goal is for these kids and teens to feel comfortable and confident wearing their brace and to feel supported along their scoliosis journey. As Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” With Scolios-us, we are bracing for scoliosis TOGETHER!
Want to get involved with Scolios-us?
There are lots of ways that you can get involved with Scolios-us.
- Write a blog post – If you like to write and want to share your experience with scoliosis and with bracing, you can write a blog post for to be featured on the website. All you have to do is email [email protected] with what you’ve come up with!
- Join the discussion board – Joining the discussion board is a great way to connect with other bracers just like you. Joining is easy. On the side of this page, under the heading “WANT TO JOIN OUR DISCUSSION BOARD?” click the link that says “click to set up your account.” Once you complete this form, you will receive an email in about a week or so with your Scolios-us account information. Why do we make you make an account? We want to make sure that we keep the Scolios-us Discussion Board a safe space for everyone.
- Write a testimonial – If you’re loving Scolios-us and want to say how great it is, you can be featured in the Testimonials section of the website! Just email [email protected] with what you’ve come up with!
- Give us feedback – We know that Scolios-us is not perfect, so we want to hear your feedback about how we can make it better. Email [email protected] and tell us what you think. Together, we can work on making Scolios-us even better.
A Little More About Me
I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is, hands down, my favorite city in the world. My stomach misses the food, and the rest of me misses my friends, family, and the city itself!
Like I said, I am currently a student at Baylor College of Medicine, but before coming to Baylor, I attended and graduated from the greatest university on the planet: Louisiana State University. While at LSU, I studied Kinesiology and Biology and attended just about every football game. I have to thank my parents for raising three die-hard LSU fans because my four years at LSU have truly helped to shape me into the person I am today.
5 Quick Fun Facts about me:
- I strongly dislike vegetables.
- I cannot swallow pills – even tiny ones.
- I’ve broken 6 bones.
- I was a competitive gymnast until I was 16 and coached until I was 22.
- I love raw oysters!
Get in Touch
If you have any questions, comments, recommendation, suggestions for swallowing pills, or just want to chat with me, email [email protected] and I will personally get back to you as soon as I can!