Overview of Scoliosis

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Scoliosis: Treating the Spinal Condition

Scoliosis affects roughly 3 out of every 100 people, and is more common in women than in men. The name of the condition is derived from the Greek word for “crooked” or “bent,” and, as such, the condition consists of the curving of the spine in an “S” or a “C” shape. No cures exist for it currently, but exercise and bracing could help improve the condition, or prevent it from progressing. Surgery, although quite complicated, has alleviated scoliosis greatly in people with a severe version of the condition. Use this guide to learn what scoliosis is, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and where to find support if you or a loved one have it.

Overview of Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves one or more times. It isn’t life threatening, but at its most severe it can interfere with how organs function. For most cases, doctors don’t know what causes it.

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  • Because scoliosis is usually associated with children, some sites are designed for younger users and include stories of teens who have scoliosis. A number of sites are geared toward people who have little to no medical knowledge. But there are various sites out there for individuals who are more familiar with medical concepts and issues. eMedicine, a clinical reference source for physicians, is one example; it has articles on idiopathic scoliosis and neuromuscular scoliosis.
  • Scoliosis is a misunderstood disorder that is sometimes confused with kyphosis, which is also a curvature of the spine, but is associated with increased “roundback.”

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Scoliosis Symtoms and Diagnosis

Children are routinely screened for scoliosis at school but it’s important for parents to ... read more »

Treatment for Scoliosis

Scoliosis treatments fall into two categories: nonsurgical and surgical. Nonsurgical treatments may ... read more »

Support Groups for Scoliosis

Scoliosis tends to develop during adolescence, and can be a heavy burden on teens during these ... read more »

Research and Writing about Scoliosis

For the most part, the information provided so far in this guide comes from organizations and Web ... read more »

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