FAQs about Scoliosis

Did you know June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month?

During this time of year, a special emphasis is placed on bringing awareness to the common condition.

This June, Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics would like to make you aware of the answers to five common questions regarding scoliosis

1.    What is scoliosis?

Simply defined, scoliosis is a rotational deformity of the spine. Instead of a straight line down the middle of the back, a spine with scoliosis curves, sometimes looking like a letter “C” or “S,” and has an asymmetric prominence bending forward.

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2.    Who does scoliosis affect?

People of all ages, from children to adolescents to the elderly, both male and female, can get scoliosis.

3.    What are some signs a child may have scoliosis?

Some of the visible indicators include an uneven waistline, shoulders that are not level, a prominent scapula (wing bone), or the body appearing asymmetrical when looked at from behind.

4.    What is the most common type of scoliosis?

The most common type of scoliosis is called “idiopathic,” which means the exact cause is unknown.

5.    Does bad posture cause scoliosis?

No, but scoliosis may be the reason for bad posture.

If you have more questions you would like answered, visit the Scoliosis Research Society’s website.