What Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine, which either occurs on its own for unknown reasons, or happens as the result of spinal disease or degeneration.
Who Gets Scoliosis?
Scoliosis affects people from all walks of life and all ages. It is believed that a person’s genetics plays a strong role in many cases. Some people develop scoliosis from spinal degeneration and even neuromuscular diseases. However, many cases are idiopathic, or have an unknown cause.
How Many People Have Scoliosis?
Roughly 2-3 % of the population, or 6-9 million Americans.
Do All People With Scoliosis Need Surgery?
The answer is no. Most people can be treated conservatively, without surgery. Some people do require surgery in order to improve their pain, breathing function or general day-to-day functioning.
How Do I Know If I Need Surgery?
Your doctor will be able to make that determination. Generally, there are very specific guidelines that dictate who should undergo surgery.
What Is The Benefit Of Having Scoliosis Correction?
Improved quality of life. Most patients who require surgery find tremendous benefit from surgical correction of their scoliosis.