Woman’s Golfer Takes Number One Spot Despite Having Scoliosis

Its unbelievable to hear that of the vast majority of scoliosis cases, there is no identifiable cause. The telltale curved spine and body leaning are virtually unexplained. For patients with scoliosis, the spine deformity can cause severe back pain and altered functions of internal organs.
Offering exceptional spine care to the communities of Irvine and surrounding California areas, ONE Brain and Spine Center utilizes treatments and pain management strategies to successfully improve the lives of each and every patient. Dr. Burak Ozgur continues to use their expertise in medicine along with their compassionate approach to care to best help their brain and spine patients.
Stacy Lewis, a world-renowned golfer, began her treatment of scoliosis when she was 11 years-old. She recalls the condition forcing her to have a “strong sense of mental and physical toughness” that influenced her to make such improved strides towards recovery.
Today, Lewis is a spokeswoman for the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The toughness Lewis recalls gaining through her scoliosis treatment helped her win the 2012 Ladies Professional Golf Association’s Player of the Year award. In March 2013, Lewis also became number one in the Woman’s World Golf Rankings.
Lewis didn’t overcome scoliosis over night. Stacy says her “biggest challenge was wearing a brace for the next seven years” after the diagnosis. She says “I wore that brace for 18 hours a day, taking it off only when I played golf.”
After wearing a brace for so many years, physicians recommended back surgery to correct her condition. “When I was told I had to have surgery to implant a metal rod and five screws into my back, I did not envision that I could be a professional athlete, let alone number one in the world,” Stacy reports. She encourages kids to stay focused on rehabilitation and reminds them that having a goal is not impossible with scoliosis.
According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, close to 7 million people have some degree of scoliosis. Individuals with a family history of the disorder are 20 percent more likely to develop scoliosis. The disorder can occur in people of every age, but most often develop in pre-teens and teenagers. Girls are eight times more likely to develop a curvature in the spine than boys.
If you have an irregular curvature of your spine, contact a physician immediately. The medical team at ONE Brain and Spine Center offer assistance and care to patients suffering from scoliosis and other spine conditions.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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