Scoliosis refers to the curvature of the spine, and it is a common medical condition that affects 3 out of 100 people. During National Scoliosis Awareness Month, medical professionals try to raise awareness about this condition, and there are interesting facts that the public does not know about scoliosis. This disorder can be found in children and adults, so it is crucial to understand more about it.
1. Scoliosis is Not Limited to Children
Most cases of scoliosis are diagnosed in children or young teens, but the condition can appear in adults. Degenerative adult scoliosis can generally be found in individuals who are 40 or older, and it is caused by the deterioration of the spine. The condition has been linked to osteoporosis in the older generations, so children are not the only ones affected by scoliosis.
2. Scoliosis Can Be Caused by Injury
In general, most people who discover they have the disorder are diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis. Unfortunately, medical professionals usually cannot pinpoint an exact cause of the condition. However, there are cases of scoliosis that have been directly linked to an injury, and trauma to the spinal cord can cause curvatures.
3. Confusion About Exercise and Scoliosis Still Exists
Despite decades of research, there is still some confusion about exercise and scoliosis among patients and the medical community. Exercise is not prohibited for people with the condition, but some adults with the disorder hesitate to participate. The National Scoliosis Foundation (NSF) recommends talking to a doctor before starting a new exercise routine, and it encourages everyone to consider the option.
4. Genetics May Play a Role in Scoliosis
Scientists believe that genetics may play a role in the likelihood of a person getting scoliosis as a child or as an adult. Researchers believe multiple genes are involved, so studies continue in the area. However, some families have noticed that scoliosis can appear in several generations, and doctors have also noted the trend.
5. Scoliosis Progresses Faster in Girls than Boys
Researchers have noticed that scoliosis progresses faster in girls than boys because their curvatures become more severe. In addition, girls are more likely to need treatment than boys. Early studies suggest that this is caused by girls growing faster, but scientists continue to investigate the difference.