10 facts about scoliosis that may surprise you

10 facts about scoliosis that may surprise you

June is scoliosis awareness month, so to help raise awareness, I thought I’d write a post with some interesting facts about scoliosis.

10 facts about scoliosis that may surprise you

  1. Scoliosis is more common than you think! It is estimated that scoliosis affects 200 million people worldwide. So if you have scoliosis, you are most certainly not alone.
  2. Around eight in 10 people who have scoliosis have idiopathic scoliosis, which has no known cause. This type of scoliosis most commonly develops during the adolescent growth spurt (between the ages of 10-15). Scoliosis is not caused by accidents or from carrying heavy bags, both are common myths.
  3. Most cases of scoliosis are mild and do not require surgical intervention.
  4. Scoliosis is more common in girls than boys. Adolescent girls may be up to 10 times more likely to develop scoliosis than boys.
  5. You can still exercise if you have scoliosis (both before and after scoliosis surgery). In fact, exercise is encouraged as it can help with strengthening the core and back muscles and reducing pain.
  6. Scoliosis can sometimes be hereditary.
  7. Animals can have scoliosis! Scoliosis has been found in fish, cats and dogs amongst others.
  8. Having scoliosis does not mean that you won’t be able to have children – pre or post scoliosis surgery. This is a common myth but in most cases women with scoliosis will have no problems with pregnancy or labour.
  9. There are many celebrities with scoliosis, including Olympic athletes such as Usain Bolt.
  10. Severe scoliosis can affect a person’s appearance due to the twisting and curving of the spine and ribs. This can cause leaning to one side, uneven shoulder blades, one shoulder or hip sticking out, the ribs protruding on one side or the ribs forming a lump on the back.

To find out more about scoliosis, check out my page – what is scoliosis? and please do share this post or the infographic below and help me to raise awareness of scoliosis!

Have you got any interesting facts about scoliosis? Feel free to comment below 🙂

Louise X

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I had scoliosis surgery in 2010 and blog about my experiences living with scoliosis. My aim is to raise awareness of scoliosis and help and inspire others with the condition.

6 thoughts on “10 facts about scoliosis that may surprise you

  1. I just found out I have scoliosis so I dont know anything about it and I didnt know who to ask or what to ask , I’m 62 years old . I havent had xrays yet so I do not know how bad I know my left side hurts really bad when I do house cleaning . So I guess I just needed some one to vent to because I dont have any family left thank you for listening

    1. Hi Kathy,

      Thank you for getting in touch. The first thing I would say is not to panic. I know it is shocking to find out that you have scoliosis, I was in complete shock when I was first diagnosed as I didn’t even know I had it. And like you, I didn’t have a clue what it was! Scoliosis is actually really common though and in most cases, surgery is not required. Once you have your xrays done you will be in a better position to understand the treatment options. In the meantime, it may be worth seeing your Dr for some advice if you are in pain. If you have any questions feel free to email me or there are some good scoliosis forums on Facebook and online that can be a great resource. Take care – you’re not alone 🙂 Louise x

  2. I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 5th grade it was then at 32 degrees & my dr decided to do a back brace for 2 years. I did not get surgery. As a result I have had many many health problems caused by my back. I wish so much back then that my Dr would have told me what ways it would affect my future. I have had IBS ever since diagnosed with scoliosis. In the end of 2012 I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. I also had heart failure due to child birth/pregnancy. This was caused I was told by my spine because it was pushing on all my organs while pregnant. I have since fully recovered thankfully. Now I am unable to have anymore children because of the risk of heart failure again. I am 27 years old and just found out I also have arthritis in my spine caused by scoliosis. This Blog is so ever helpful as I have not found many to talk with since I have not found have a community to talk with. I just wanted to add for ME I did have complications with my labor and post child birth caused by my spine. Thank you for creating this blog to help others.

  3. Hi Louise!
    I’m a physiotherapist from Hungary and I have scoliosis, too. This is my labor of love treating scoliosis. May I translate and share your “facts about scoliosis” list to spread awareness?
    Thanks in advance xxx

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