Each June, the Scoliosis Research Society commemorates Scoliosis Awareness Month as a way to highlight the importance of early detection, education, and public awareness of scoliosis. Scoliosis is not a disease. It is a spinal condition that affects its alignment causing the spine to curve side to side in an “S” or “C” shape. Scoliosis develops predominately in infants and adolescents, although it has been diagnosed in adults as well. It is possible that adult scoliosis is the progression of an early childhood condition that was not treated or diagnosed before.
Data and facts about Scoliosis:
- Scoliosis is the most common spinal deformity in the country
- There are more than 3 million US cases per year
- It is diagnosed equally among males and females, though females are 8 times more likely than males to have curves that require treatment
- Primary age of onset is 10-15 years old
- There are several types of scoliosis based on the cause and age when the curve develops
- In 80%-85% of cases, scoliosis has no identifiable cause
Importance of early detection
Early detection of scoliosis in adolescents can help reduce the number of patients who will need surgery in the future. Since adolescents’ bones are not fully hardened, non-surgical treatments such as bracing can be employed to treat the curvature while slowing or stopping the progression. One recent study established the effectiveness of bracing as an early, non-operative treatment. This form of care may serve as a great benefit to patients as well as potential cost savings for the health care system.
Adult Scoliosis is often found when patients see a doctor regarding back pain or pain radiating down their legs. When this condition is discovered in adults, treatment is focused more on alleviating pain and restoring function while correcting the curvature of the spine. A large majority of adults do not have disabling symptoms that require surgery. Simple measures such as exercises, periodic observation, and over the counter pain relievers can help manage adult scoliosis.
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