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Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. and Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu collaborate to bring Scoliosis Info Night to families

Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. and Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu collaborate to bring Scoliosis Info Night to families

Though high-quality care and treatment of scoliosis are widely available in Hawaii, there continues to be an ever-growing gap of patients and their families who have no emotional support resources.

Scoliosis is a major medical/surgical disorder that affects up to four in 100 adolescents. It is an abnormal curvature of the spine that often shows up during childhood growth spurts. Idiopathic scoliosis, with unknown cause, is the most common type. Generally, this condition occurs in children after the age of 10. Girls have a greater likelihood to develop idiopathic scoliosis. It can have a lifelong effect on individuals and their families.

Modern, evidence-based treatment of scoliosis can be overwhelming and confusing for patients and their families, especially when internet-based information about scoliosis and its management can be inaccurate and contradictory to best practices. Scoliosis management for teenagers can also be emotionally taxing. Depression and lack of confidence often results, making these individuals easy targets for bullying.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu hosted an informational night on-campus to educate about the care and management of scoliosis, offer resources and create a sense of community among those affected by the condition. We featured a panel of multi-disciplinary specialists in scoliosis care and management, including an orthopaedic surgeon, a physical therapist and an orthotist. Former scoliosis patients offered their first-hand experiences to teens and families in attendance.

The event was sponsored through a grant by Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., and helped us to better support the health care needs of our often-overlooked children with scoliosis in Hawaii.

Scoliosis Info Night participants