Scoliosis is a disorder where you develop a curve in your spine. In June, celebrate National Scoliosis Awareness Month. As many young people suffer from scoliosis, awareness can help bridge a gap in some misunderstandings about the disorder. Learning some interesting facts can help foster acceptance in those who personally have the disorder as well as in those who know little and want to know more. Examine some facts and share them with friends.
- Celebrity actress and model Shailene Woodley was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 15.
According to Hypable, Shailene wore a back brace for two years. Kids who are learning about their diagnosis can find inspiration in Shailene’s ability to overcome and achieve. Wearing a back brace can feel awkward for children in the self-conscious high school years. Hearing about another person’s ability to go through a difficult phase is very inspiring.
- Causes of the disorder are not always known.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, doctors don’t always know the cause of the disorder. Some people who are unfamiliar with the disorder may not understand this. It is easy for some people to jump to a conclusion that some clear cause made scoliosis happen. There are only known causes of the disorder in some cases. In the majority of diagnoses, no cause is clear.
- Myths about the causes of the disorder exist.
In reading a document from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children, I learned about an interesting myth that exists about the causes of the disorder. Some people think that carrying heavy things, being involved in athletics, having different sleeping/standing postures and having inequality of the length of the lower limbs can cause scoliosis. These myths are not true. Less involvement in athletics and carrying less heavy items are not ways to prevent the disorder.
- Not all those who have scoliosis have to wear a brace.
On the Kids’ Health website, I saw that only some people who have scoliosis have to wear a brace. For others, the diagnosis simply means going to more check ups at the doctor. With a less severe curve, the doctor needs to see that the curve doesn’t worsen. Braces are only required for people who have severe curves. If you do have to wear a brace, there are several different types of braces.
- Braces are not that easy to see.
According to Cleveland Clinic, braces today are easier to hide. Some of the latest braces are very low-profile. You can hide the braces under your clothes. Obviously, some baggy clothes would help conceal the brace, but in the right outfit, your friends would barely be able to tell that you were wearing it.