Scoliosis is diagnosed when there is a spinal curve of more than 10 degrees either to the left or right. Below are some interesting facts about scoliosis:
- Osteoporosis, injuries, illness or previous back injuries can lead to scoliosis.
- Most cases of scoliosis are idiopathic, meaning there is no identifiable cause of the scoliosis curve.
- A higher percentage of girls are likely to develop scoliosis compared to boys.
- Some signs that may be present with scoliosis include uneven shoulder, uneven waist, leaning more to one side or one shoulder blade being more prominent.
- Scoliosis bracing is valuable for children still growing, as this will help direct the growth of the spine in the right direction to help stop the progression of the curve.
- It is important to know whether there is a family history of scoliosis, because scoliosis often runs in the family. Those that have other family members with scoliosis should have a regular check up with their doctor.
- In determining the treatment for a patient the following will be considered; age of the patient, how much more growth is expected in the patient, what is the degree and pattern of the curve and what type of scoliosis the patient has.
- With aging degenerative scoliosis can develop. It can develop because of regular wear and tear of the back over the years.
- Those that have been diagnosed with scoliosis often experience fewer symptoms of scoliosis if they follow a regular exercise regimen.
- Keeping your bones healthy can help avoid developing scoliosis due to osteoporosis.
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