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Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person's spine has a sideways curve. The curve is usually "S"- or "C"-shaped. Typically, no pain is present.

The cause of most cases is unknown, but is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Risk factors include other affected family members. It can also occur due to another condition such as muscles spasms, cerebral palsy, Marfan syndrome, and tumors such as neurofibromatosis. Diagnosis is confirmed with X-rays. Scoliosis is typically classified as either structural in which the curve is fixed, or functional in which the underlying spine is normal.

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Interesting fact, scientifically speaking

Contributed by Eliana Armora

Some people encounter many obstacles in life and tend to beat up themselves about it. I used to be one these persons. When I was diagnosed with scoliosis, I saw myself differently. I no longer saw myself as being beautiful, when i looked in the mirror all i could see was the curvature of my back. I constantly asked God why me? why did I have to get it? Other girls didn't have it so why should I. It reached to a point where I didn't want to be around people because I thought all they saw was my back. However all of these thoughts later left my mind when I was watching TV and a program came on about kids with different kinds of illnesses. By the end of the program, I was in tears, I was in tears because I was sickened by my own ungratefulness. Many persons have to roam the earth with their own burdens to carry, some are obvious while other you couldn't tell unless that individual confided in you their circumstances. Sometimes all we need to do is to be thankful that whatever illness/ deformity we have, it isn't as bad as what others undergo. I'm not saying we are going to be happy that we have this illness but at least be grateful that we don't have something worse.

Contributed by Ameala Allen

My story

In 2008, I had spinal fusion surgery because my spine was in the shape of an S. It was 54 degrees off for the top part of my spine and 47 degrees off for the bottom part of my spine. My x-rays, which are pictured, show what my spine looked like before and after. I was estimated to be in the hospital for a week and I was in and out within 5 days because I had the best surgeon in the world, Dr. John Frino. Before this surgery, I wasn't able to do certain things because I would begin to have some back pain but now I am better than ever! I am currently a high school cheerleader and I am more flexible than I've ever been! If you are facing this surgery, just know that with a positive attitude, anything is possible after the surgery! Don't let scoliosis hinder you from being who you want to be!

Contributed by Amanda McGuire

Scoliosis is the curvature of the spine. When I was growing up I found out that I had Scoliosis and usually everybody has a little bit of a curvature of the back, but mine was at 32 degrees. I went to the Shriners who helped me go through this and know that the back brace would help me. It was hard the first few weeks when I started to wear it but I got use to it and I was nervous about what kids would think I was just starting High School. Most of the kids thought it was awesome, that I had rock hard abs!! Even though it was hard I got through it and was able to talk to people who were about to go through it.

Contributed by Maddie McCreary

I have scoliosis and I had shoulder pain on my right side, but I haven't gotten surgery. Instead, I've been to a physical therapist and do daily exercises to strengthen muscles around the shoulder. This holds it in place and prevents the joint from moving out of place.

Contributed by Laura Daggett

Great story!

Contributed by Kyleigh Wall

This is an awesome video of a Posterior spinal instrumentation and fusion: For treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. I actually used this video for great information for my senior project.

Contributed by Kyleigh Wall

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