Fast Facts

Scoliosis: a sideways curvature of the spine.

  • Scoliosis affects as much as 3 to 4 children per 1000
  • It can occur at any stage in your life, and the cause is often unknown (idiopathic)
  • Scoliosis can’t be cured, but treatments including surgery can help
  • Scoliosis is a condition and not a disease
  • Most cases of scoliosis are mild in nature with few symptoms and often does not need treatment
  • Severe cases of scoliosis can be extremely painful and disabling
  • We are not broken, just a little bent.

Signs of Scoliosis

  • One shoulder is higher than the other
  • One shoulder blade sticks out more than the other
  • One side of the rib cage appears higher than the other
  • One hip appears higher or more prominent than the other
  • The waist appears uneven
  • The body tilts to one side
  • One leg may appear shorter than the other

 

Treatments

  • Observation
  • Back braces
  • Scoliosis surgery
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