After Athena Mitilsky returned to her hometown following her sophomore year as a Spanish major at Rutgers University, she spent the summer as many other 20-year-old college students do: working, exercising, spending time with friends, and preparing for her next semester. In Athena's case, though, she also concentrated on specific posture exercises about 20 minutes each day. The reason? She has scoliosis.
Rosholt resident Colleen Kluck, 54, realizes that with advances in technology and rehabilitation, her scoliosis would have been treated much differently today than it was when she was a child. But she's excited about a new form of scoliosis rehabilitation that's improving her physical quality of life.
At age 11, Pat Casey was diagnosed with scoliosis. When she was young, Pat went through a myriad of tests and procedures in order to treat her scoliosis. "First we tried a chiropractor for about a year, and then we decided that wasn't going to work, so we went to an orthopedic specialist in Milwaukee," she said. "They put me in a body cast, and I wore that for about a year and a half."
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