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From France to Singapore: Lena’s Journey with Scoliosis

/ by Kevin Lau
9th November 2023 SINGAPORE – Dr Kevin Lau, a leading expert in scoliosis treatment, is delighted to share the inspiring success stories of patients who have travelled from around the world to seek treatment at ScolioLife Clinic in Singapore. These individuals have witnessed remarkable improvements in their scoliosis conditions thanks...

Scoliosis & Osteoporosis: The Top Tactics to Prevent Low Bone Mass & Osteoporosis in 2023

/ by Kevin Lau
Introduction Scoliosis and osteoporosis are two distinct yet interrelated musculoskeletal conditions that can have a significant impact on an individual's quality of life. Scoliosis is characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine, while osteoporosis results in low bone mass and increased bone fragility. In this article, we will delve...

ScolioLife Scoliosis & Spine Correction Clinic: A Beacon of Hope for Patients

/ by Kevin Lau
~ ScolioLife Pioneers a Comprehensive and Holistic Approach to Scoliosis Management ~ Dr Kevin Lau, renowned scoliosis specialist and founder of ScolioLife, has introduced an innovative and holistic approach to non-invasive scoliosis treatment. With over two decades of practice, Dr Lau firmly believes that merely alleviating the physical symptoms of...

Does Scoliosis Get Worse with Age?

/ by Kevin Lau
Introduction: Scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, is a condition that has been a subject of concern for many. Questions often arise regarding whether scoliosis worsens with age. To address these concerns and shed light on effective management strategies, we delve into the factors influencing scoliosis progression and highlight the...

The Unknown Impact of Scoliosis Surgery: Lack of Long-Term Studies Raises Concerns

/ by Kevin Lau
Scoliosis, a medical condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine, can be a source of discomfort and concern for many individuals. When conservative treatments fail to provide relief, scoliosis surgery may be considered. While surgical intervention can be effective in certain cases, it is important for patients to...

Comparative Analysis of Scoliosis Spine Surgery Costs and Rehabilitation Across Selected Countries

/ by Kevin Lau
Scoliosis spine surgery is a significant medical intervention that aims to correct the abnormal curvature of the spine. Alongside the medical considerations, it is important for patients to understand the financial implications of undergoing such procedures. This article presents a comparative analysis of the costs associated with scoliosis spine surgery,...

Scoliosis Screening in Singapore: What Parents Should Know

/ by Kevin Lau
Scoliosis is a medical condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. While the condition is generally not painful, it can cause discomfort and impaired movement, especially if left untreated. In Singapore, scoliosis screening is a routine part of primary school health checks, but many parents may not be...

Up in the Air with Scoliosis: Exploring the Requirements and Impact on Flight Attendants

/ by Kevin Lau
The recent news of Singapore Airlines' remarkable success, including the announcement of an exceptional 8-month bonus for its staff, has ignited the aspirations of individuals worldwide. Among those inspired are individuals with scoliosis who dream of a career as an airline hostess. In this article, we explore the possibilities and...

The Hueter-Volkmann Law: Understanding the Cause of Scoliosis

/ by Kevin Lau
The Hueter-Volkmann law is used to describe the scoliosis mechanism. The typical thoracic spine has a physiologic curve that causes the distractive force on the dorsally placed vertebral column while a compressive force on the ventrally positioned vertebral column. The rotation of vertebral bodies in the axial plane, which results...

Vertebral Body Tethering May Not Improve Cobb Angle

/ by Kevin Lau
New research presented at the International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis and the Growing Spine suggests that vertebral body tethering may not be effective in improving the major Cobb angle in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The study analyzed 113 patients who underwent vertebral body tethering between 2013 and 2020....

Avoid These Mistakes When Managing Teen Scoliosis

/ by Kevin Lau
Bodies change quickly during adolescence, and that’s when doctors usually notice scoliosis — a curved spine — in patients. Catch it early, and most cases can be managed simply and effectively. Let it go, and scoliosis might lead to back surgery or lifelong challenges. It’s crucial that parents and physicians...

8 Misconceptions About Scoliosis in Kids

/ by Kevin Lau
Often when people hear the word scoliosis, they think of a terrible deformity with lots of physical problems. This is rarely the case. While scoliosis is an abnormality of the spine, it is not the scary thing that people think it is. In fact, most cases of scoliosis in kids...

Study finds smartphone apps to be effective, accurate scoliosis screening tools

/ by Kevin Lau
Two iPhone operating system applications designed to screen for scoliosis outperformed their Android counterparts in a recently presented study and according to investigators they offered similarly accurate outcomes when compared to the traditional method of scoliosis screening —a scoliometer. “The Apple applications have the minimum bias, maximum precision and maximum...

Physical exercise may prevent scoliosis progression- Study confirms

/ by Kevin Lau
Are you worried about your scoliosis worsening? Here's some good news for you! A study which was done over six months in women and girls with Rett syndrome showed that intensive and individualized exercise programs prevented the progression of scoliosis i.e., sideways curvature of the spine. After observing that two...

Truth About Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) Surgery for Scoliosis

/ by Kevin Lau
Are you considering Anterior vertebral body tethering (VBT) for idiopathic scoliosis: how well does the tether hold up? Looks like we have more research for the tether breakage rates at 2 year follow up... 27%! This is why we recommend always use non-surgical and non-invasive methods first for scoliosis! Abstract...

3D Printed Back Braces for Effective Scoliosis Treatment

/ by Kevin Lau
Scoliosis The physical condition where the spines curve to either/both sides, is affecting two to three percent of the entire population now. 80% Scoliosis Cases Are diagnosed before the age of seven, and can be cured with the right treatment. Known Causes of Scoliosis 👉 Genetic Disorders 👉 Neurological Abnormalities...

Foods and Diet for Bone Strengthening

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Even though weight management is the most highlighted characteristic of diet, it doesn't only affect your weight. The food you eat provides nutrients to your body necessary for the proper development and functioning of tissue and organs, as well as your bones. According to 2011 research in Canada, your skeletal...

About ScolioLife Method of Scoliosis Treatment

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
ScolioLife™ aims to empower scoliosis patients with the knowledge and tools to prevent and correct scoliosis through all stages of life. Developed by Dr Kevin Lau, the company’s main ethos is to create, share and promote strategies that utilize state of the art technology, for optimal scoliosis health and balanced...

Latest Advances in Scoliosis Surgery

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Researchers have been constantly working on advanced techniques to treat scoliosis efficiently and today there are quite a few surgical treatments which claim to treat scoliosis. Most of the procedures performed for scoliosis essentially includes usage of implants screwed into your spine to prevent the further bending of your spine,...

The immature spine: growth and idiopathic scoliosis

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Authors: Alain Dimeglio, Federico Canavese Untreated progressive scoliosis can have negative effects on the growing spine as asymmetrical forces will act on the growth plates of the vertebral column (>130 growth plates). Spinal growth can be considered as a mixture of hierarchy, synchronization, and harmony: the slightest error can lead...

11 Subtle Signs Of Scoliosis To Watch Out For

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
You'd think back pain would be the most obvious sign of scoliosis, but there are plenty more subtle, seemingly unrelated symptoms to watch out for, too. Most of them don't seem like a big deal, on paper. But since a curvature of your spine can impact the rest of your...

Effective therapeutic control of curve progression using calcium and vitamin D supplementation for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis – a randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled trial

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Bone Abstracts (2017) 6 OC8 | DOI: 10.1530/boneabs.6.OC8 Objectives: Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is associated with low bone mass. This study aimed at evaluating the therapeutic effect and its determinants of Ca+Vit-D supplementation in improving bone strength and preventing curve progression in AIS. Methods: This was a randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled...

Parents’ Roles in Helping Their Children with Scoliosis

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Parents can find it overwhelming if their child is diagnosed with scoliosis. Both Mom and Dad may experience stress. And, they may have a hard time coping with emotional and financial problems. If you have a child with scoliosis, it is important to handle the situation with care. What Is...

5 Surprising Facts About Adult Scoliosis

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
You may have more options and control than you think You may have more power over adult scoliosis than you think. Doctors can offer you various treatment options, and there are things you can do to help yourself. Here are five things you might be surprised to hear about adult...

Choosing the Right Exercises for Scoliosis

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Carefully tailored exercise program can improve strength, function, and endurance. I work with many clients and some of them are suffering from scoliosis which is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. If you look at the back of a person having scoliosis, you'll notice that their spine curves to...

Scientists Identify First Gene Linked to Scoliosis

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Physicians have recognized scoliosis, the abnormal curvature of the spine, since the time of Hippocrates, but its causes have remained a mystery — until now. For the first time, researchers have discovered a gene that underlies the condition, which affects about 3 percent of all children. The new finding lays...

Learn More About Thoracic Hyperkyphosis

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Thoracic hyperkyphosis or hunchback is a condition that makes the upper or the thoracic spine of a person to curve forward. It causes the patient to slouch unusually and it may affect people of all ages. The reasons for thoracic hyperkyphosis however may vary from person to person. We all...

Diagnosis of Scoliosis in Children

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Scoliosis, which is a common spinal deformity, generally affects the normal spinal development in a child. Every year, nearly 3 million new cases of Scoliosis are diagnosed. This biomechanical deformity is usually observed in children when they are 10 to 15 years old. Most have unknown causes, involving hereditary factors....

Scoliosis and What to Look for In Your Child

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Scoliosis, a condition you don’t often hear about is the reason behind your child's doctor is checking their back. Scoliosis and What You Need to Know • Scoliosis is a spinal deformity, a sideways curvature that can occur in both males and females. The curve may be an S curve...

Does Ballet Increase Your Risk of Scoliosis?

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
As a dancer, you probably know someone with scoliosis or, if you're like me, you might even have it yourself. What you may not know is that certain lifestyle factors can increase your likelihood of developing the condition, and according to a recent study published in The Journal of Bone...

What Life is Like Wearing a Scoliosis Brace

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Imagine feeling restricted, all day and all night, and not being able bend down. That is what wearing a scoliosis brace feels like. Scoliosis is the abnormal curving of the spine. It not only affects your spine, but it also puts a physical strain on your body. This can include...

The Effectiveness of Scoliosis Bracing

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
*Update 2022: This article was written before the ScolioAlign Brace which is the only brace Dr Kevin Lau recommends for those with Scoliosis. Scoliosis is known by the curvature of a person’s spine. Scoliosis can be discovered at birth, while in the womb the bones of the spine fail to...

Scoliosis Surgery Is It Worth the Cost?

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Sometimes the remedy can be worse than the disease. It is about a ten-hour surgery in which they open you up on your side and on your back. In my particular surgery they would put three rods in my back and hold them together with five screws. In order to...

Scoliosis Dangers Spinal Surgery

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Scoliosis is something that can attack a sufferer on two fronts. Firstly, it can cause great pain and discomfort in the sufferer, especially if it affects them from a young age. This can mean also that some sufferers spend a lot of time on medication and even in bed due...

Wonders of Kefir for Scoliosis Sufferers

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
There are many great foods and other substances in history, but every now and then one comes along that actually proves to be directly beneficial to someone who is suffering as regards a medical condition. Often this 'wonder food' is picked up by the media and converted into something that...

Natto Wonder Food for Scoliosis

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Natto has been something that the many, many years ago, when the Samurai roamed feudal Japan, they got many things wrong. A warlike and brutal enemy, the Samurai would often kill and pillage hundreds in their professional lifetime. They still had to maintain the lifestyle though, and without the processed...

Exercises to Avoid for Scoliosis

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
One common misconception for the people with the back conditions like scoliosis is they must avoid any kind of physical activity. In reality, some exercises will help to relieve this pain linked with the condition and that is characterized by abnormal and sideways curve in spine. Scoliosis patients must avoid...

Analysis of Conventional Model of Scoliosis Treatment

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
The three medically-sanctioned methods of scoliosis treatment - observation, bracing, and surgery - have been around for decades, and a great deal of research has been done on the risks & benefits of each option. However, the general conclusion of this research suggests that a new paradigm is desperately needed,...

New Hope for Scoliosis Sufferers – A Holistic Approach to Treatment

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
A look at the unique 3-step approach to treat scoliosis from a holistic approach by Dr. Kevin Lau D.C. In an age when scoliosis is being viewed as much more than a mere spine curvature, a holistic view offers the essential dictates of diet and exercise to form a non-invasive...

Top 10 Mobile Apps for Health

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Apple’s App Store offers some of the most amazing applications in the market. People download application almost in every category. Moreover, there have been so many innovations in the recent years that it is very difficult to choose which application is the best. Everyone has their own top 10 list...

Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Prevent Adult-Onset Scoliosis?

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
In a new study published in the European Spine Journal, researchers wanted to see if hormone deficiencies were a triggering event for adult degenerative scoliosis, a condition that commonly occurs in postmenopausal women. It is thought that menopausal hormone changes affect bone density, which sets off a cascade of events...

ScolioTrack Research Validates the Use of iPhone

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Use of the iPhone for Cobb angle measurement in scoliosis. Shaw M, Adam CJ, Izatt MT, Licina P, Askin GN. Source Paediatric Spine Research Group, Queensland University of Technology and Mater Health Services, Brisbane, Australia. Abstract PURPOSE: The Cobb technique is the universally accepted method for measuring the severity of...

New Calcium Recommendation: Most People Can Skip Calcium Supplements

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Women have been told for years that if they don't take calcium supplements religiously, they're putting themselves at risk of crippling hip fractures in old age. Now the word from a major government panel: Why bother? There's no evidence that taking calcium supplements reduces the risk of fractures for most...

Bracing and Spinal Surgery Are Ineffective Scoliosis Treatment

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
*Update 2016: This article was written before the Gensingen Brace which is the only brace he recommends. The most recent statistics reveal that the United States has the highest number of deaths caused by scoliosis in the world (245) followed by Spain and Germany (both with 44 deaths). Putting each...

Beyond Calcium and Vitamin D — How to Really Build Strong Bones

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
One of the important strategies for healthy bones is to eat the right kind of foods. A diet full of processed foods will produce biochemical and metabolic conditions in your body that will decrease your bone density, so avoiding processed foods is definitely the first step in the right direction....

Alternative Scoliosis Treatment Seem Too Good To Be True Are Often Scams

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Alternative scoliosis treatment options vary greatly and can offer promising results but buyers beware. Websites that offer exciting new methods of treating scoliosis demonstrating results that seem too good to be true are often scams. The best way to discover whether or not a website offering alternative scoliosis treatment which...

Unexplained Post-Op Pain in Adolescent Scoliosis

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Unexplained pain after the six-month postoperative period occurs in 7% of patients undergoing surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), according to a study published in the Oct. 1 issue of Spine. Tracey P. Bastrom, from Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, and colleagues reviewed data from a prospective registry to...

Researchers Find Online Scoliosis Information Is Poor Quality

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
The quality of web-based information on scoliosis is poor, according to a study published in the Aug. 15 issue of Spine. Shaun Wellburn, from Teesside University in Middlesbrough, U.K., and colleagues evaluated seven websites for scoliosis-related content. Three reviewers used DISCERN, a validated information assessment tool, to evaluate the sites....

Improving Spinal Health with Pilates for Scoliosis

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
The spine has an important role in our body. It supports the head and trunk and enables us maintain our upright posture. It also provides protection for the main pathway of the nervous system of the body, the spinal cord. Ideally the spine should be straight when it is viewed...

Spinal Fusion for Adult Scoliosis: What Are Survival Rates?

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
An article recently published in The Spine Journal found that survival rate for primary spinal fusion in adult scoliosis patients was 89.8 percent at one year postoperatively. The study examined 59 patients 21 years or older that underwent primary surgery for idiopathic or degenerative curves and were followed for minimum...

Spinal Development for Kids

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
Parents are usually very concerned about the development of their child’s brain. They want to ensure that the kid is going to be intelligent and academically strong and able to make bundles of money. However, not many pay attention to the most important part of the human body, namely the...

Muscles in Stabilization of the Spine In Scoliosis Rehabilitation

/ by Dr Kevin Lau
In scoliosis specific exercise there are 2 different camps of thought when it comes to strengthening weakened muscles to help stabilize the spine. One camp believes that only the deep postural muscles of the trunk that directly attach to the spine are necessary to activate, the other camp feels that...