Scoliosis is a common spinal condition affecting about 7 million people in the U.S. Find out who is at risk, and signs you should watch for in your child.
Your doctor may have recommended that your child wear a back brace. Take your physician’s advice seriously; if left untreated, scoliosis can lead to permanent deformity, disc damage and neurological damage.
Should you avoid sports if you have scoliosis? Can wearing a heavy backpack cause the condition? Get the facts behind common myths about scoliosis.
As women age, they experience more compression fractures, vertebral changes such scoliosis, loss of bone mass and osteoarthritis than do men. Any one of these conditions puts women at a higher risk of breaking a bone during a fall, which can add to their pain.
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Do you think your child could have a curve in his or her spine? Scoliosis, the medical term for an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, is most common in children between the ages of 10 and 16. But it can also occur in younger children or adults. “When scoliosis curves, it rotates the ribs, so if … Read More
Stanley Wesemeyer, age 6, may not understand how the magnetic rod in his back treats his scoliosis. But he was definitely looking forward to attending Cub Scout camp for the first time ever this summer — instead of having surgery. Wesemeyer had early-onset scoliosis, which left him with a severe curve in his spine by … Read More
Sitting at your desk all day could be harmful to your health. If you have an office job where you sit hunched over a desk, clicking away at a computer more than you stand, you need to take steps – literally – to reduce your sedentary time. Our bodies are built to move, so sitting … Read More
You may have more power over adult scoliosis than you think. Doctors can offer you various treatment options, and there are things you can do to help yourself. Here are five things you might be surprised to hear about adult scoliosis. Surprise #1: If you are diagnosed with scoliosis, you probably won’t need surgery When … Read More
Many parents remember the days when students lined up in front of the school nurse for a scoliosis check, plus the cumbersome back braces once used to treat this abnormal curvature of the spine. Screenings for scoliosis are still standard practice in pediatricians’ offices and some schools, but today’s treatments are more effective and less … Read More
A new study has found that for many children with the spinal deformity scoliosis, wearing a back brace may significantly improve their condition — even helping to avoid the need for surgery. Scoliosis is curvature of the spine that can occur in children from 10 years old through maturity. It is one of the most … Read More