Scoliosis is a progressive disease of curvature of the spine. It
can affect people of all ages; not only children and adolescents,
but also adults. Scoliosis can result not only in an unlevel body,
it can cause headaches, shortness of breath, back pain, digestive
problems, menstrual-cycle disturbances, leg, hip and knee pain,
chronic fatigue and mood swings. The majority of scoliosis cases
do not require surgical treatment; they require non-surgical treatment.
Unfortunately, as the National Institute of Health (NIH) reports,
in more than 80% of the cases, a specific cause of scoliosis is
not found. For this reason, the focus of the Scoliosis Care Foundation
is on non-surgical treatment of scoliosis whose cause is of unknown
origin: idiopathic scoliosis.
The NIH notes that scientists are hopeful that
studying things such as changes in the central nervous system in
people with idiopathic scoliosis may reveal a cause of this disorder.
Did You Know
Scoliosis more often tends to progress in girls than in boys,
therefore girls more commonly need treatment.
Females have a risk of curve progression 10 times higher than
Scoliosis can run in families.
Adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis are at increased risk
of osteoporosis compared to the general pediatric population.
There is a significant correlation of osteoporosis with idiopathic
scoliosis in adults.
Gall bladder problems are more likely to occur in people with
There is not just one factor responsible for the spinal curvature
of idiopathic scoliosis.
There is evidence that poor nutrition may play a role in idiopathic