Anyone can get scoliosis. No one knows what causes most cases, though studies suggest that it may be caused by genetics. Between two and three percent of American children are diagnosed with scoliosis, usually before the age of 16.
While the spinal abnormality may make normal activities difficult, completely debilitating scoliosis is rare. Those who are diagnosed with the disease are usually able to find a number of helpful treatment options to correct their overly curved spines and regain symmetry in their bodies.
Girls are more apt to get scoliosis and spinal abnormalities typically become apparent during a growth spurt, or a time of rapid growth. In most cases, the condition will remain the same until adulthood. Many patients experience no further severity in spinal curvature in adulthood than in adolescence.
Signs of scoliosis include:
- Uneven shoulders, waist or hips
- One prominent shoulder blade
- Uneven wear or tear to shoes or pant hemlines
- Leaning to one side
The diagnosis of scoliosis is made after a bone exam and an X-ray. Scoliosis treatments don’t have to include surgery. Recent advancements in medicine make it possible for healthcare professionals to treat spinal abnormalities through exercise and physical therapy.
Written by Dr. Brian T Dovorany, developer of the TorsoTrainer™ and Scoliosis Cantilever™ designed to reduce and stabilize idiopathic scoliosis through autonomic muscle recruitment.