Scoliosis is often a misunderstood condition in a large amount of people. Scoliosis is essentially a curvature of the spine to the left or right. A person’s spine has a natural curve front and back, but it is not natural to have it curve left or right. There are also types of scoliosis in which the curve is in an abnormal way front and back. Experts claim that 3 out of every 100 people have some form of scoliosis. Some are not aware of this condition, and it will proceed to get worse as the person ages.
It is through awareness that this condition can be spotted early and treatments can possibly aid the person from suffering. These are 5 facts you probably didn’t know about scoliosis:
1: Gender: Scoliosis is more prevalent in females than it is in males. Statistics have shown that scoliosis occurs in approximately 2% of females and in .05% of males. This is an important fact to be aware of. Parents, have your daughters screened. By catching scoliosis early, with bracing and therapy, it can often be controlled.
2: Inherited Condition: Scoliosis tends to run in families. It may skip some generations, but the figures have shown that if a family member had scoliosis, the odds are higher that other family members could develop it. It is wise to know your family’s medical history; if scoliosis has run in the family, your Doctor should be aware of the information, and children should be screened.
3: Idiopathic: The most common form of scoliosis is idiopathic. Idiopathic means that the underlying cause of the condition is not known. It is recognized that approximately 85% of scoliosis cases are idiopathic. Just because the cause isn’t known doesn’t mean that treatment isn’t available. If caught early, treatment can be performed, and the person who has scoliosis can live more comfortably.
4: Pain Free: It would be natural to assume that scoliosis would be painful. In most cases, scoliosis causes no pain. It is usually just an appearance issue. Please do not think that your child will complain of pain if they have scoliosis. It is wise to have them screened for the condition no matter how they feel.
5: Adolescents: A young child may not show signs of scoliosis, but will develop it later. The primary age group that develops scoliosis is 10-15 years old. The reason the condition shows at these ages has been theorized by the quick growth of adolescents. Just because you had your young child screened, it is still wise to have them screened again at this age level.
Being aware of scoliosis and the methods of “catching it early,” is the best way to overcome its effects. By catching it early, scoliosis can be controlled, and the person can live comfortably ever after.
Scoliosis hits close to home for this writer. One of my children was shown to have a slight scoliosis at a young age. That child, because of proper care, lives a normal life raising their children now. Scoliosis never won. Take my advice please….have your children screened for scoliosis.