Scoliosis is a progressive disease of curvature of the spine. It can affect people of all ages; not only children and adolescents, but also adults. Scoliosis can result not only in an unlevel body, it can cause headaches, shortness of breath, back pain, digestive problems, menstrual-cycle disturbances, leg, hip and knee pain, chronic fatigue and mood swings. The majority of scoliosis cases do not require surgical treatment; they require non-surgical treatment.
Unfortunately, as the National Institute of Health (NIH) reports, in more than 80% of the cases, a specific cause of scoliosis is not found. For this reason, the focus of the Scoliosis Care Foundation is on non-surgical treatment of scoliosis whose cause is of unknown origin: idiopathic scoliosis.
The NIH notes that scientists are hopeful that studying things such as changes in the central nervous system in people with idiopathic scoliosis may reveal a cause of this disorder.
Did You Know
· Scoliosis more often tends to progress in girls than in boys, therefore girls more commonly need treatment.
· Females have a risk of curve progression 10 times higher than males.
· Scoliosis can run in families.
· Adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis are at increased risk of osteoporosis compared to the general pediatric population.
· There is a significant correlation of osteoporosis with idiopathic scoliosis in adults.
· Gall bladder problems are more likely to occur in people with scoliosis.
· There is not just one factor responsible for the spinal curvature of idiopathic scoliosi
- There is evidence that poor nutrition may play a role in idiopathic scoliosis.