- WHAT IS SCOLIOSIS?
- SCOLISMART APPROACH
- PATIENT RESULTS
If you’re living with or have been recently diagnosed with scoliosis, performing your own scoliosis research may not be on the top of your to-do list. Instead, your diagnosis has most likely prompted a wide variety of emotions and raised endless questions.
Will I live with constant pain?
How can I get more information?
What does this mean for my child or my family?
Will this condition ever go away?
Does this mean back surgery?
What can I do?
Scoliosis affects several parts of the body. Mainly it affects Ribs, Lungs, and causes shortness of breath.
“Scoliosis is going to crush her lungs!” is the great fear of every mother of a child with scoliosis as they stare at an x-ray with the spinal curvature intruding into what appear to be the patient’s lung fields.
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), scoliosis affects between 2% and 3% of the American population, or about six to nine million people. It is characterized by an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine and there are many different forms. The various types of scoliosis are classified by cause and age of onset; the speed and mechanism of progression also plays a role in determining the specific type of scoliosis.
A scoliosis diagnosis means different things to different patients.
For some, it means dealing with a minor inconvenience that never quite becomes a real problem — or one that fades away as adulthood approaches. For others, it means chronic back pain and an inhibited range of motion. In extreme cases, it could mean suffering from heart problems or breathing difficulties.
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