Is scoliosis contagious?
Scoliosis is not contagious.
Author: Bow Tauro
First answered: 11 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. It most often occurs around the age of 11-13 years or during a growth spurt. It is a common condition affecting around 2-3% of the population. About 10% have a minor form of the condition and about 1 in 1,000 people have a …
Signs and symptoms of scoliosis can vary in degree from mild, moderate to severe. These can include: a sideways lean; poorly fitting clothes; tilted waist; one hip higher than the other; uneven shoulders; protruding ribs or shoulder blade, and; a …
The cause of scoliosis is largely unknown. However, it does appear to run in families or can be related to birth defects, neuromuscular conditions including cerebral palsy, or infections of the spine.
Scoliosis generally affects children just before puberty (11-13 years old). It is far more common in girls than boys, with nine out of 10 cases occurring in girls. Scoliosis can also occur in infants.
Scoliosis can be identified using the forward bend test. This involves bending forward at the waist so your doctor can see if there is any abnormal curvature in the spine. A spine X-ray can also be used to identify the presence and severity of the scoliosis.
In many cases, scoliosis appears in only a minor form. This can be treated with physiotherapy and by practicing good posture. In moderate cases, a brace can be worn under clothing and removed for activities such as sport. In the most severe cases, treatment with …
There is no cure for scoliosis, but it is important to identify any abnormal curvature at an early age. Early intervention can help reduce the severity of the condition.
Scoliosis will not clear on its own and can in fact become worse as you age.