Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
An International Organization Dedicated to the Education, Research and Treatment of Spinal Deformity
Our Mission is to Foster Optimal Care for All Patients with Spinal Deformities
In the eyes of professional golfer, Stacy Lewis, June does not represent just another month of the LPGA tour, but a chance to promote National Scoliosis Awareness Month, a cause close to her heart. At a young age, Lewis was told she had scoliosis and might not even be able to play golf again, let alone win major LPGA tournaments. Stacy continues to not only be an inspiration to many on the golf course, but off the course for her amazing passion to be an advocate for those with scoliosis.
Even after more than seven years of wearing a back brace and having to red-shirt her freshman year of college to undergo surgery that placed five screws and a metal rod in her back, Lewis has not let scoliosis stop her from reaching her dreams. In April, Lewis won her first major title at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, solidifying her spot as one of the top golfers in the world. Along with her success on the course, Stacy is known for being a role model to children that are in situations similar to those she faced as a child. This spring, Lewis became the spokesperson for the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) in order to promote the importance of education and understanding of scoliosis.
SRS is a professional society, whose members are the world’s premier spinal deformity professionals, dedicated to providing the optimal care for all patients with spinal deformities though education and research. The surgeons, physicians and healthcare professionals that make up the SRS membership are truly distinguished members in the fields, creating an invaluable network of information for their patients.
Scoliosis is an irregular curvature of the spine, in which the spine curves from side to side instead of in a straight line. In most cases, the cause of the curvature is unknown and can be treated in various ways. However, healthcare professionals agree it is better to identify and monitor scoliosis when it is less severe during a child’s growing years. Despite advice from medical experts and the known advantages of diagnosing a spinal deformity early on, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has essentially recommended against scoliosis screenings. Currently, a majority of states do not screen for scoliosis in schools because it is no longer mandatory to do so.
During the month of June, Lewis and the SRS hope to promote Scoliosis Awareness Month by educating parents and patients so that they can become advocates for themselves and their children. The SRS hopes that by increasing awareness among the public and continuing to be a resource of expert knowledge that all cases will be success stories like Stacy’s.
The SRS also encourages patients, along with their own members, to ask your state’s governor to declare June National Scoliosis Awareness Month, signifying the importance of scoliosis education and screening. States such as West Virginia and others have already done so demonstrating the importance they place on education and preventative healthcare. To do this in your state, first try contacting your local representatives to ask for help in contacting your governor or search your state government’s website for more information on how to receive a proclamation in your state. The SRS encourages everyone to take the initiative to tell your lawmakers that preventative screening and education of conditions such as scoliosis are important to you.
Together with Stacy Lewis, the SRS is dedicated to increasing awareness and education of scoliosis in the month of June to ensure everyone with a spinal deformity is able to win both on and off the course. For more information on scoliosis or to learn more about Stacy Lewis, please visit Stacy's page at www.srs.org/stacy_lewis/about.php.
Stacy to be Featured on CNN International's World Sport!
SRS Spokesperson, Stacy Lewis, will be featured on CNN International on the program World Sport, next Thursday July 7th! The piece will be shown on July 7th at 11:30a.m., 5:30p.m. and 11p.m. along with on July 8th at 6:30a.m. (all are Eastern times). July 7th also marks the start of the first round of the U.S. Open. Stacy will be going into the tournament ranked 16 in the Rolex Ranking and number five on the 2011 official money list on the LPGA website. The SRS wishes Stacy the best of luck on the upcoming tournament!