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June Newsletter: June is Scoliosis Awareness Month at Nebraska Spine Hospital

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Several doctors at Nebraska Spine Hospital are members of the Scoliosis Research Society. The SRS has declared June, Scoliosis Awareness Month. What does that mean, and why is there a month dedicated to raising awareness of this disorder?

Untreated, scoliosis can leave patients with a lifetime of pain and complications. Early detection and education of scoliosis are vital keys to identification and treatment. If we can catch scoliosis early on, we have the chance to brace the patient and treat the disorder, so the patient can live a long and healthy life with a strong, straight spine.

Degenerative Scoliosis

 We’ve all heard of scoliosis, and we generally associate this risk with the young. However, there is serious risk of degenerative, or adult-onset scoliosis for adults.  This degeneration can start as young as 40, but is more prevalent among those 65 and older. As we age, if there is significant degeneration of the facet joints, curvature of the spine can occur and this condition is called degenerative scoliosis. Read More on the NSH Blog…

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There are a whole family of different types of scoliosis:

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
Neuromuscular Scoliosis
Congenital Scoliosis
Degenerative Scoliosis

Each affects a different age group in very different ways. The doctors at Nebraska Spine Hospital are certified to diagnose and treat each type of scoliosis.

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