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Scoliosis Facts

In 80% of the scoliosis cases, the cause is unknown, this is called idiopathic scoliosis. (Spine Universe)
The incidence of idiopathic scoliosis is 4.5% of the population. (Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, volume 60, 1978)
Girls are at least 4 times more likely to develop scoliosis than boys.  (Spine Universe)
School based screening programs for adolescent idiopathic (unknown cause) scoliosis are mandated in 26 states in the United States.  (Journal of the American Medical Association, October 15, 1999)
You are 20% more likely to develop scoliosis if someone else in your family has scoliosis.  (Spine Universe)
Some visible symptoms of scoliosis

  • whole body leaning to one side
  • uneven shoulders
  • one hip sticks up higher than the other (parents first notice possible scoliosis when they see that one pant leg is shorter than the other)
  • uneven rib cage
  • rib stick out on one side of the spine

(Spine Universe)
31% of elementary schools, 52.2% of middle and junior high schools, and 31% of high schools in the United States screen students for scoliosis.  (Centers for Disease Control School Health Policies and Programs Study in 2000)
Because scoliosis can develop gradually, in most cases it isn’t diagnosed until a person is between the ages of 10 and 14.  (
Each year scoliosis patients make more than 600,000 visits to private physician offices. (National Scoliosis Foundation)
In 2008 and 2009, the month of June was proclaimed by the United States House of Representatives as National Scoliosis Month.  The proclamation was signed by Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz.  (National Scoliosis Foundation and United States House of Representatives)
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