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How does scoliosis affect your life?

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Up to 4% (4 in 100) chose to have scoliosis surgery for their spinal curvatures? And that 4% doesn't even include the untold number of scoliosis patient whose curvatures reach the ever changing surgical threshold and chose not to trade deformity for dysfunction via the spinal fusion surgery.

These numbers are despite the fact we know only 1% of AIS patients are genetically "pre-disposed" to develop a "surgical threshold" level curvature......which again, is an ever changing definition.

The assertion that scoliosis doesn't require treatment unless it reaches the "surgical threshold" is absolutely naive as demonstrated in this article published in SPINE 2003; 28(6): 602-606 entitled: "Adult Scoliosis: A health assessment analysis by SF-36".

The researchers found that adult scoliosis patients with spinal curves 10 degree or greater scored significantly lower in 7 out of 8 categories including physical functioning, general health, social functioning, and body pain when compared to the general population. In fact the researchers concluded "It is our conclusion that adult scoliosis is becoming a medical condition of significant impact, affecting the fastest growing segment of our society to a previously unrecognized degree."

Apparently, some people need to be reminded that all larger spinal curves started out as small ones and that just because something doesn't kill you, doesn't mean it can significantly impact one's quality of life in adulthood.

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