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Scoliosis

Scoliosis

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What Young People and Their Parents Need to Know About 
SCOLIOSIS 
APhysical Therapist’s Perspective 
American Physical Therapy Association 
 
About APTA
he American Physical Therapy Associationis a national, professional organization rep-resent
ing nearly 70,000 physical therapists,physical therapist assistants, and students through-out the United Stated.APTAserves its members and the public byincreasing
the understanding of the physicaltherapist’s role in the health care system and byfostering improvements in physical therapyeducation, practice, and research.
Other APTABrochures
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Taking Care of Your Back
Taking Care of Your Knees
What Young People and Their Parents Need toKnow About Scoliosis
Fitness: AWay of Life
Fit Kids
Fit Teens
For Women of All Ages
Taking Care of Your Hand, Wrist, and Elbow
What You Need to Know About Osteoporosis
What You Need to Know About Balanceand Falls
You Can Do Something About IncontinenceBulk quantities available. See the APTAResourceCatalog at
svcctr@apta.org 
or send yourrequest by mail to APTA, 1111 North FairfaxStreet, Alexandria, VA22314-1488.Or order via Internet at: www.apta.org
Acknowledgements
Barbara H. Connolly, PT, EdDSandra F. Lezberg, PT, MPHDavid R. Weiler, PT, BSThis brochure is not intended as a substitute forprofessional health care. ©1986 APTAAll rights reserved.
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SCOLIOSIS (“sko - lee - O - sis”) 
Did you know… ?
From 5 to 10 of every 100 young people fromages 9 to 14 will develop scoliosis.
Most cases of scoliosis are mild and do notneed any treatment except for regular exams.
Afew cases do need treatment so that otherproblems will not develop in later years.
The best way to find and control scoliosis isto look for it often during the years when yourbones are growing the fastest.To find out more, read this booklet. It will tell you:1.What scoliosis is.2.Who gets it and when.3.Why you should be checked often for it.4.What your parents should look for at home.5.How you are checked for scoliosis at school.6.How scoliosis is treated.7.How it takes a team effort to find and controlscoliosis.8.Scoliosis terms commonly used.9.Where to get more information.
 
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Who Gets It and When 
oth boys and girls can develop scoliosis.About the same number of boys and girlsdevelop the
mild 
form.
Moderate 
or
severe 
scoliosis is more common in girls than in boys.Up to 10 in 100 young people will develop atleast a mild case of scoliosis. Only a few of thesemild cases will become moderate or severe.Scoliosis happens more in some families than inothers. It also occurs more often in people withcerebral palsy, polio, muscular dystrophy, orspina bifida.Scoliosis usually develops during the years whenthe bones are growing the fastest—from ages 9to 14 years. It is often first detected when theyoung person is around age 11.
Why You Should Be Checked Often for Scoliosis 
ou will almost never feel any pain whenscoliosis is first developing, so regularchecks are very important. If scoliosis isdetected early, you can receive treatment thatmay control the condition and prevent otherproblems.If the curve increases, you eventually may haveback pain, lose flexibility, and appear bent over.You also may be more likely to develop arthritis,respiratory infections, and heart problems as yougrow older.
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What Scoliosis Is 
our spine has three slight curves—one inthe neck, one in the upper back, and
another in the lower back. These curves
are normal and can be seen from a side view.From a back view, your spine should appearstraight. If your spine has a side-to-side curve,the curve is called
scoliosis.
The curve may be very small—
mild.
It may be
bigger—
moderate.
Or it may be sharp—
severe.
Scoliosis is not poor posture and is not caused bythe way you carry objects. Scoliosis is not adisease. You cannot catch scoliosis from some-one else and you cannot prevent it. For most peo-ple who have scoliosis, the causes are not known.
Normal
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Normal
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