Scoliosis is an abnormal curve in the spine unlike a normal spine that extends in a straight line down the back it forms an S or C shape. According to the National Scoliosis Foundation scoliosis affects 1 in 40 people in the U.S. Most cases aren’t severe but in some if the degree of curvature is severe it can cause further deformities and other health problems.
1. Most forms of scoliosis are idiopathic
While numerous studies have been done scientist are still unable to determine the cause of most cases of scoliosis. According to scoliosis media 85 percent of cases are idiopathic which means origin unknown. Diseases such as osteoporosis can also cause deformity of the spine. People who have a family history of scoliosis have an increased risk of also developing the condition.
According to Advanced Spinal Rehab Center scientist show that some scoliosis disorders can develop from some sort of dysfunction within the central nervous system.
2. Scoliosis affects both boys and girls the same
According to LE CarMichaels author of “Living with Scoliosis” girls and boys are affected equally in certain cases. Girls however are more than likely to suffer from higher curvatures over 21 degrees than boys. Girls condition are more than likely to become worse overtime and are more likely to need medical care.
3. Exercise cannot fix the degree of the curve
Scoliosis cannot be cured by exercise the most common method is the use of an brace but there are some cases in which surgery is required such as spinal fusion. Even with all the new procedures used to treat scoliosis they are not a cure these methods are used to slow or stop progression of the curvature in the spine.
4. Scoliosis can cause health problems
In very severe cases of scoliosis that usually means a curve of 60 degrees and over can cause serious health problems overtime. This includes heart and lung disease. According to Advanced Spinal Rehab Center Heart and challenges become most common cause of death for victims of Scoliosis.
Scoliosis is not preventable (can happen to anyone)
Unfortunately there is no way of preventing scoliosis from happening. Anyone at any age can suffer from this disorder. But the more common type affects children between the ages of 10 and 15. This is called Adolescent Idiopathic. However one could take a few precautions by speaking with a doctor about information on the disease. Some states require children be given a test. This test normally takes place during school hours and a very simple procedure.