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June 12, 2014

The straight truth about scoliosis

  • There are three primary types of scoliosis: idiopathic (unknown cause); congenital (born with the condition); and neuromuscular (any medical condition that affects the nerves and muscles can lead to scoliosis).
  • Idiopathic scoliosis is thought to be present in two to three percent of adolescents.
  • One in five hundred of these will require active treatment.
  • Only one in five thousand will have curves that progress to the degree where surgery is recommended.
  • Girls and boys are equally affected by small degrees of scoliosis.
  • Girls however are eight times more likely than boys to develop progressive curves.
June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month. Learn more about scoliosis from Drs. Gary T. Brock and B. Steve Richards.

For additional information, visit OrthoInfo.org or SRS.org.

 

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