Scoliosis Awareness Month 2023

Scoliosis is a condition that affects the curvature of the spine. It is estimated that around 3% of the population has some form of scoliosis. While most cases of scoliosis are mild, some can be severe and cause serious health problems. June is recognised as Scoliosis Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to raise awareness about this condition and educate people about the importance of early detection and treatment.


What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition that causes an abnormal curvature of the spine. In most cases, scoliosis develops in childhood or adolescence and can progress over time. It is often detected during routine physical exams, and early detection is important to prevent the condition from worsening.

There are different types of scoliosis, including:

  • Idiopathic scoliosis: This is the most common form of scoliosis and has no known cause.
  • Congenital scoliosis: This type of scoliosis is present at birth and is caused by abnormal spinal development.
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis: This type of scoliosis is caused by underlying conditions that affect the nervous system or muscles, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.


Symptoms of Scoliosis

In many cases, scoliosis is not painful and may not cause any noticeable symptoms. However, as the curvature of the spine worsens, it can lead to a range of symptoms, including:

  • Uneven shoulders or hips
  • A visible curve in the spine
  • Back pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue


Diagnosis and Treatment of Scoliosis

If scoliosis is suspected, a doctor will perform a physical exam and may order diagnostic tests such as X-rays or an MRI. Treatment for scoliosis will depend on the severity of the condition and the age of the patient.

In mild cases, scoliosis may not require any treatment. However, in more severe cases, treatment may be necessary to prevent the condition from worsening and causing health problems.

Treatment options for scoliosis may include:

  • Observation: In some cases, the doctor may recommend regular checkups to monitor the progression of the condition. It’s important to note that observation is not a treatment, and is only appropriate for very small curves which may not progress.
  • Bracing: For moderate scoliosis, a brace may be worn to prevent the curvature from worsening.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to straighten the spine and prevent further health problems.


Scoliosis Awareness Month

Scoliosis Awareness Month is observed annually in June to raise awareness about scoliosis and promote early detection and treatment. During this month, organizations and individuals around the world work to educate the public about the condition and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.

One of the primary goals of Scoliosis Awareness Month is to educate parents and caregivers about the importance of screening for scoliosis in children. Early detection and treatment can prevent the condition from worsening and improve the long-term health outcomes for those affected. Since there is no national screening program in the UK, it’s down to the general population to screen for Scoliosis.

Scoliosis Awareness Month also provides an opportunity to support those living with scoliosis and raise funds for research into new treatments and a better understanding of the condition.


Scoliosis Awareness Month at the UK Scoliosis Clinic

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