Interesting facts about scoliosis

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.…/health/scoliosis_facts/2895/

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