Scoliosis, a condition in which the spine curves sideways in an S or C shape, affects roughly 3% of the population of the US. While it is most common in adolescent girls, it can affect anyone of any gender and age. And in the vast majority of cases, there’s no known cause for it.
The prevalence of scoliosis has led the Scoliosis Research Society to launch a scoliosis awareness campaign every June during Scoliosis Awareness Month. The Society is actively engaged in lobbying every state to make an official declaration for the month, and to date, 31 states have either done so or indicated their intention to do so (in case you’re wondering, our home state of Maine is not among them) -- another indicator of just how widespread the condition is.
While it is common, it is also very treatable through a variety of methods that range from therapies such as stretching to bracing to surgical procedures. And those who have scoliosis often suffer no long-term liabilities at all. Take a look at some of the patient stories of people who have had and been treated for scoliosis. It’s encouraging, especially for young girls who are going through what can already be an emotionally difficult period in their lives.
If you or someone you know has scoliosis, June is great time to show your support. Check out some of the ways the Society suggests to get involved.