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Scoliosis Facts

Scoliosis Facts:

Scoliosis, a condition when there are abnormal curvature(s) in the spinal column, is the most common deformity of the spine in the world. 

Fast Facts:

  • Scoliosis affects 2-3% of the population and in the US alone, it affects 7 million individuals, or 1 in every 40 people. 
  • Every year 30,000 children at fitted for braces
  • Every year 38,000 undergo highly invasive spinal fusion surgery 
  • Girls are 8x more likely to have a curve that progresses and needs interventions.
  • There are various categories of scoliosis with regards to intervention, based on the extent of the curvature. To be classified as a true scoliosis curvature, the spine must be side-bent at least 10 degrees. 
  • In 85% of cases, the diagnosis is made to be “Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis.” The term idiopathic implies there is no known case.  There is a genetic predisposition and there are environmental factors that influence its manifestation. 
  • Scoliosis can affect individuals at any age, but the most common age of onset is 10-15 years old. 
  • In the State of Missouri, school screenings are not conducted until 6th-8thgrade. 

Common Signs:

  • Uneven shoulders, ribs, hips or waist 
  • Back pain
  • One shoulder blade sticking out
  • Rib hump present 
  • Discoloration or changes in texture in the skin that covers the spine 

Columbia MO scoliosis

Early detection makes a significant difference when correcting curve with conservative means. If you are concerned your child may be developing a curve, please don't hesitate to schedule an evaluation with our doctors.   



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