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It’s Scoliosis Awareness Month! Here’s Everything you Need to Know about Scoliosis

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Do you know Scoliosis?

No I don’t!

Yes I do!

I must have heard about it before…

Is it not that disease that?….

It is Scoliosis Awareness Month and we are here to make sure you #kNOwScoliosis!

First, Scoliosis is NOT a disease; it is a (spinal) disorder.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine – the spine is curved to one side of the body, rather than straight. The spine is curved, and may look like a “C” or an “S” shape.

Scoliosis

Facts you should know about Scoliosis:

  • Scoliosis affects girls more than boys and occurs mostly during the pre-adolescent years (from ages 10-16).
  • 80-90% of scoliosis cases are idiopathic (meaning they have no known cause).
  • Scoliosis has no favorites- anyone, anywhere, at any age, regardless of socio-economic factors can have scoliosis.
  • Scoliosis has NO 100% cure.
  • A progressive curve that is left untreated can cause heart, lung and neurological complications, and even death.
  • Early detection IS THE BEST WAY TO DEFEAT SCOLIOSIS!

How to detect Scoliosis in a child-

There are two really simple ways to test for scoliosis:

scoliosis

Other things to look out for are clothes not fitting properly on a child’s body; uneven hemline [in girls] and uneven trouser length.

There may be no 100% cure for scoliosis, but there are treatment options such as:

  • Bracing,
  • Physical Therapy; and
  • Surgery.

The key is EARLY DETECTION. Detecting Scoliosis early aids effective treatment.

If you currently live with scoliosis, engage in swimming and core-strengthening exercises. Not to worry, exercises will keep your back strong; the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt is proof! (Yes, he has scoliosis in case you didn’t know)

Screen your child for scoliosis every six months, it costs nothing! If you require help with screening or will like to see a physical demonstration of how to screen your child for scoliosis AT NO COST to you, shoot us an email: [email protected]

Scoliosis awareness run/walk

Also, it’s the global month of scoliosis awareness and we are organizing a run/walk, sign up at bit.ly/runforscoliosis to join us! We’ll also be conducting a free scoliosis screening session; kids are invited!

Get Involved. Get Educated. Share the knowledge!

Visit www.beyondacurvedspine.com for more information.

#kNOwScoliosis, Nigeria!

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5 Comments

  1. person

    June 17, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Kudos to the organizers.

  2. Kay

    June 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I use to have a mild case of scoliosis way back, making one of my limb a little longer than the other. I was bothered and did some physiotherapy cause it used to cause backache for me. I don’t know if the condition has corrected itself, because I have not repeated an X-ray and I am no longer bothered about it. I walk with swag now and no longer limp. I have learnt to rise above it. But sometimes, I notice that one shoulder is higher than one in my pictures.

  3. tolani

    June 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    There is a cure for scoliosis if it is detected long before a child is a teenager, I think before age 10. In the U.S. they do the scoliosis ‘bend over’ screening in elementary school. There are pills given to those who show early signs, so it never develops into the curve in teenage years or afterwards.

    The rest of the article is accurate to my knowledge. Bracing keeps the curve from getting worse (you can choose a boston or a milwaulee brace, or use either, one in daytime and one when going to bed). Surgery is corrective, but is still so delicate that it is only recommended for disfiguring curves (there is a minimum curve angle, maybe 30 or 40 degrees, I can’t remember. Please check online for the exact figure). And Pilates and swimming help A LOT to strengthen your core and not let you feel you are bending over sideways.

  4. tolani

    June 18, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    My bad pls, the early screening is done to start bracing early, before the curve starts to advance. Not medication as I had written. The goal in every case is to get past adolescence years with the least degree of curvature attainable. If they screen and discover a three degree curve at age 12, it becomes easier to start bracing early and keep it at that, before it progresses.

    • Physio Tinu Olarewaju

      June 19, 2017 at 12:31 am

      Lol, I read the first comment and was like huh? pills for scoliosis ke? since when? how come they didn’t mention it at the update conference I attended? was even going to double check with uncle google then I saw the second comment. Phew, would have asked them for a refund. lol.

      Nice one BACS!! weldone!

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