Scoliosis is a spinal condition that causes a sideways curvature of the spine. The type of scoliosis the general public is most familiar with is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. It is the most common type, affecting an estimated 2-3% of all adolescents. Luckily, many of these cases are considered mild scoliosis and require little to no treatment.
While the most common type of scoliosis occurs in adolescents, the risk of scoliosis doesn’t completely go away. Degenerative scoliosis occurs when there is significant degeneration of the facet joints and intervertebral discs in your spine. This degeneration happens over time and can begin as young as 40 but is most common in adults 65 and older.
June is all about being outdoors, summer fun, and scoliosis. Yes, you read that correctly. Did you know that June is Scoliosis Awareness Month?
Scoliosis is a spinal condition that causes a sideways curvature of the spine. It can affect both children and adults, but occurs most frequently in children during their last growth spurt before puberty.
Throughout the month of June we have been supporting Scoliosis Awareness Month by featuring videos of Dr. Woodward and Dr. Fuller discussing different information about scoliosis. The videos are posted here and on our Youtube page.
If the school nurse or your child’s healthcare provider notices signs of scoliosis here are five things a parent should know about scoliosis:
Nebraska Spine Hospital is proud to support National Scoliosis Awareness Month. Now in its third year, National Scoliosis Awareness Month is observed in June to disseminate information about scoliosis and highlight the growing need for education, early detection and public awareness of the physical, emotional, and economic impact of the condition, and provide support and hope to all people affected by scoliosis.
The National Scoliosis Foundation states that they do not know of any long-term study that shows that chiropractic treatment can stop a moderate (over 25 degrees) or major curve (over 40 degrees) from progressing in the bone growing years. Typically, chiropractors who are knowledgeable about the development of idiopathic scoliosis in children will refer young patients with such curvatures to an orthopedist for a second opinion.