The Stressful Effects of Scoliosis on Teens & Their Parents

 

It has been some time since I have updated this blog but I recently came across some very relevant information which I felt should be shared with my readers, especially the teens and/or the parents of teenagers who suffer with scoliosis and who use a brace.

Without further ado therefore, I encourage readers to view the brief details below and then click on the links in order to access the full details covered in the article.

For Teens with Scoliosis and Their Parents, Brace Treatment Increases Stress

Released: 6/18/2012 10:00 AM EDT
Source: Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

 

But Parents Overestimate Stress Related to Spinal Deformity Itself, Reports Study in Spine

Philadelphia, Pa. (June 18, 2012) – Wearing a body brace for the treatment of scoliosis (curved spine) leads to increased stress levels for young patients with scoliosis as well as their parents, reports a study in the June 15 issue of Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

While teens and their parents find brace treatment similarly stressful, parents tend to overestimate the stress associated with scoliosis itself, according to the new study by Ewa Misterska, MSc, PhD, and colleagues of Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland. They write, “Complete assessment of conservative treatment should include evaluation of emotional stress from the perspective of patients and parents.”

Scoliosis Is Stressful—for Parents as Well as Patients
Using questionnaires, the researchers assessed stress related to scoliosis and brace treatment in 63 girls undergoing conservative (nonsurgical) treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of scoliosis, generally developing after age ten; most affected patients are girls….More at For Teens with Scoliosis and Their Parents, Brace Treatment Increases Stress – Newswise (press release)

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Hopefully, the information contained within the articles referenced above will provide readers with a little more clarification of this particular situation.  The teenage years as we are all aware are stressful at the best of times.  For those young people having to deal with health related problems as well will no doubt magnify their stress levels thereby increasing parental worry and concern.  Generally, it is accepted that we all have different views and approaches to tackling issues of health events but it is always useful to learn of new or different ways of coping with them.

 

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