Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine, impacting around seven million people in the United States. While most cases of scoliosis are mild, some can become progressive. If scoliosis is left untreated and progresses, it can lead to severe deformity, disability, heart and lung injuries, and even premature death. Early detection is the key to preventing the progression of severe scoliosis. Studies have shown that scoliosis patients with limited healthcare access are more likely to be diagnosed with severe scoliosis. However, with some training, parents can easily detect signs of scoliosis at home.
The most common type is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS). Girls are ten times more likely to develop AIS than boys and are also ten times more likely to experience progression than boys. Being diagnosed with AIS can present various emotional challenges, such as bullying, low self-esteem, isolation, anxiety, and even depression.
Our mission is to increase awareness of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis to promote early detection and intervention, as well as promote self-esteem and provide emotional support to patients.
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