Did you know scoliosis affects approximately 2-3 percent of the United States population, which equates to an estimated six to nine million people? During the month of June, we invite you to join us at Georgia Pain & Spine, in recognizing Scoliosis Awareness Month.
What is scoliosis
Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine is abnormally curved sideways, in a shape similar to a “C” or an “S.” It can affect infants, children and adults alike, yet is most common following a growth spurt after puberty.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons classifies scoliosis into three categories; idiopathic, congenital and neuromuscular. The majority of scoliosis cases are idiopathic, meaning the cause of the condition is unknown. Congenital scoliosis results from a spinal defect that is present at birth. This form is typically diagnosed at an earlier age. With neuromuscular scoliosis, the spinal abnormality develops following a muscular or neurological disorder develops, and progresses faster than the other forms of scoliosis.
How it can be treated or therapeutically treated
With scoliosis presenting in many forms, the best course of treatment depends on the age of onset and severity. Mild scoliosis cases can resolve without treatment. However, children may develop spine deformities that become more severe as they grow. When scoliosis becomes painful or disabling, a back brace or surgery, is often recommended.
Additionally, there are several therapeutic options for scoliosis management. These may include muscular balance therapy, stretching, breathing and posture exercises. Physical therapy is a conservative treatment option for all ages that can gently help to strengthen the spine and surrounding muscles. Over time, therapeutic options can improve flexibility and enhance physical function.
What are the month’s objectives?
Scoliosis Awareness Month is celebrated each year during the month of June as a way to increase awareness of scoliosis and other spinal conditions. Scoliosis patients, physicians, families and clinicians unite with the goal of educating the public, and advocating for improved patient care. Local community activities, events and advocacy programs run throughout the month of June to promote scoliosis education and awareness.
With early detection being of great importance, contact us today if you have concerns related to scoliosis for yourself or child.