Emina Sandal says that her scoliosis was noticed when she was 24 years old
The famous singer, Emina Sandal took part in the “June, The Month of Scoliosis Awareness” event which was organized this year.
On 10th of June, 2017, Emina Sandal attended the opening ceremony of an exhibition with the theme “Scoliosis Flowers” which included 15 pieces of artwork from the marbling artist Ilker Selimler and took place in the Spine Health Center of Acıbadem Maslak Hospital. During the opening ceremony she said, “This is a very nice exhibition. I feel incredibly happy and excited for attending to the opening ceremony of this exhibition. I came here to create awareness because I have also suffered from scoliosis”. She also took the opportunity to gather some detailed information about scoliosis from the orthopedics and traumatology specialist, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Alanay from the Spine Health Center of Acıbadem Maslak Hospital. She also added, “I always keep my children under control. I brought them to the doctor. The children should be taken to an orthopedist regularly for a spinal examination just like their eye controls and other health examinations.”.
Emina Sandal thinks that parents should be very careful about scoliosis and she also says, “It is very important to get the children checked between 12-14 years of age to be able to benefit from the advantages of early diagnosis. I always keep my children under control. I also brought them to doctor. The children should have regular follow-up spinal examination with an orthopedist just like their eye controls and other health examinations.”.
Telling how her scoliosis was noticed, Emina Sandal continued with the following words: “When I was 24 years old, I realized that my left shoulder was a little bit lower than my right shoulder. I was also having pain from time to time. I do a lot of excercise. Sport is very important for me. I just visited a doctor because I was curious about all these things. They told me “we have no remedy for this because you are late”. Stating that scoliosis is not a disease, but a condition, Emina Sandal adds “Parents should definitely observe their children very carefully for early diagnosis”.
Having her scoliosis not noticed in spite of her parents both being doctors, she said, “Now I have no problems related to scoliosis. I also found out that I will not have any problems in the future because I have mild scoliosis and I do a lot of excercise.”
Having Spinal Disorders Related To Old Age is a Chronical Problem like Diabetes, Blood Pressure And COPD
A striking Research: Seen in 60 out of every a hundred people over the age of 60!
Our average life span is progressively increasing. Thanks to the positive developments in the world of medicine, many diseases are treated a lot more easily than they used to be. On the other hand our spinal structure, which bears the weight of our body, deteriorates more and more each day in the modern world. In fact such spinal deformities such as serious scoliosis and increased kyphosis are encountered in 60 out of 100 people over the age of 60. Furthermore, it is very difficult to correct these problems. Acibadem Maslak Hospital Traumatology Specialist Prof. Dr. Ahmet Alanay, talked about the research being done in this field by the European Spine Study Group, in which he is also a member, and made some special recommendations.
Their lives are as difficult as that of patients with COPD
The European Spine Study Group, which includes specialists from Turkey, Spain, France and Switzerland, discussed the issue regarding adult spinal deformities in detail and compared their effects of disorders to those of diabetes, blood pressure disorders, COPD and arthritis. The research was so striking that the group won the European Spinal Society’s best research study award. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Alanay, who pointed out that spinal deformities impact the quality of life just as much as other chronic illnesses, also added “Sometimes spinal problems are so serious that they prevent the patient from being able to walk even for 10 meters. This is as difficult as it is for a COPD patient who is not able to breathe comfortably”.
Problems increase with age
Although the spinal deformities like scoliosis and kyphosis are known as problems that develop in the childhood and adolescence period, we now encounter spinal deformities as a serious health problem even at later ages due to the declining of physical activities, long hours spent in front of the computer and as a result of less mobility. Especially the increased average life span compared to the past is another reason why these types of spinal disorders are being seen at later ages. As technology and science has recently reached a very advanced level, the expectation for a better quality of life has increased and people who were normally used to accepting living with some health problems are now expecting a solution. Non-interventional methods (physical therapy, pain therapy, etc.) are applied as the first step in the treatment of spinal disorders seen at a later age. However, surgery might also be necessary from time to time. The rate of complications during these procedures can be relatively high due to the age of the patient. The surgical procedures that are performed when all other treatment options have not been successful, still provide a distinct increase in life quality despite the high rate of complications.
60 out of 100 people over the age of 60 have spinal problems
Spinal deformities are encountered in 60 out of every 100 people over the age of 60 years and it is expected that this figure will increase in the upcoming years. In order to prevent these figures from increasing we need to change some of our habits.
7 SUGGESTIONS FOR MAINTAINING A HEALTHY SPINE
1- Pay special attention to your weight: Excess weight will increase the pressure on your spine and will limit your mobility. Eat healthy to keep fit and relieve pressure off of your spine. Also a diet rich in calcium helps you to maintain a balanced nutrition which will strengthen strengthens your bones.
2- Keep your muscles strong with regular exercise: Almost all of us have a lazy lifestyle. We are less active at the office or at home and go everywhere by car or by public transport. This leads to the weakening of our muscles. Our muscles must be strong in order to have a healthy spinal structure. So be sure that you spend half an hour out of of your day to exercise.
3-Don’t be inactive: A lazy lifestyle makes our muscles weak and an unhealthy spine . This is why you should add as much activity as possible into your life.
4-Maintain a good posture: The first rule to have a healthy spine is to maintain a good posture. Good posture enables the spine to use less energy which in return brings less fatigue. Thus good posture reduces the chance of spinal problems in the later years.
5-Beware of high heels: Shoes that are too high-heeled or too flat have a negative effects on knee, hip and spinal health. So keep this in mind and make sure that your heels are not more than 3-4 centimeters high.
6-Stay away from cigarettes: Smoking prevents discs from getting nutrition and can cause back aches. In order to have a healthy spine, do not smoke.
7-Make sure your bag is not heavy: The bag or laptop you carry on a daily basis may cause serious problems to your spine. So especially if you have back and neck pain, do not carry heavy loads. If you do have to carry a heavy object, keep it close to your body and do not lift it higher than your waist.