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East Lansing, MI, United States
I have suffered with scoliosis since I was 14 years old. I wore a Milwaukee Brace for two years when I was young. In 2010 my thorasic curve was 62 degrees. At 49 years old, I had adult scoliosis surgery and this curve was corrected to 13 degrees! This journey has been amazing and I am writing this blog as a resource for other adults with scoliosis. If you would like to send me an email direct, shariberger@gmail.com. If you want to see the surgery experience, look in the blog archives in April 2010. Keeping it straight! Shari

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Scoliosis office chair

I'll tell you about an awesome scoliosis office chair in a minute.  First I have been so very busy with working part-time now, having to walk an hour a day and physical therapy exercises an hour a day.  I am exhausted at the end of a day.  So sorry no blogging for a while here. 
I never even got to recap our September gathering.  There were just a few of us but we had a great time and shared experiences for over 3 hours!  Looking forward to an October gathering. 

At our gathering we talked about working in an office and how to make it most comfortable and ergonomically correct for scoliosis.  If you work locally in the Lansing area I can recommend Sparrow Hospital's Outpatient department.  Tom Lilley, OTR at 517-364-7540.  He will come and do a full assessment on your work area.  For those out of the area you might try the outpatient department at your local hospital.
Before I knew I was going to have the correction surgery my office generously purchased a scoliosis office chair for me.  As I uinderstand only one company makes this, in Germany.  If you are local, DBI office furniture ordered this for me.  But with the link here, anyone could order it for you.
Here is a link for the chair.   http://www.backinaction.co.uk/grahl-duo-back-chairs
This chair has a split back and can can support each side of your back, forward and back.  Take a look.

For those preparing for surgery, prayers are with you!  And I know there a couple of you recovering from surgery so blessing to you as you heal!  Just remember it really is all worth it.

Hugs to you all,


  1. Hi Shari..I have just read every word of your blog and most links! I live in TN; but grew up in Lansing...my Dad is in East Lansing still. I was just told my curve (that I was told would never get worse at 17) IS worse and will probably need surgery. Now, I am trying to get over the surprise and depression and do research. Just wanted to thank you for sharing and to wish you well. Your back looks FANTASTIC by the way. I will keep checking in on you.

  2. Hi Debra - thanks for the note. I just found it, sorry for the delay. Please stay in touch and if you are in East Lansing for a visit let's see if we can catch up for coffee. Surgery is really an exciting next stage of life. Try not to let it depress you (it is easy to do). Seems we were all told our curves would not get worse, and yes, they did. Research is the best thing you can do to feel really confident about your decisions. Please contact me if you have any questions along the way.

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