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Behind the Curve: Debunking Top Scoliosis Myths (Part 1 - Diagnosis)

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As pioneers in the field of scoliosis bracing, the professionals at Boston O&P have heard a lot misconceptions associated with scoliosis, living with it, and how it is treated.  In this multi-part series, we will share some of the myths most commonly discussed between clinicians and families and provide information to support a better understanding of scoliosis and scoliosis bracing. 

Part 1 of 7:  In this post, we focus on the early days for families with scoliosis—the diagnosis—and some of the myths that are prevalent after a diagnosis of scoliosis is made. 

Myth #1:  Only girls get scoliosis.

While approximately 85% of all adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients are female, boys do get scoliosis as well. Among patients who are diagnosed with scoliosis, girls are more likely than boys to develop severe curves from the disorder.

Myth #2:  You can wait until you finish growing to treat scoliosis.

The sooner scoliosis is addressed, the better chance the patient has for a successful outcome. Untreated scoliosis can result in a more severe spinal curve. The more severe the curve, the less likely it will stabilize and the more likely it will require surgery.

Myth #3:  Scoliosis is preventable.

Not true. While some types of scoliosis have known causes, doctors do not yet know what causes idiopathic scoliosis—in fact, "idiopathic" means a disease with an unknown cause. Idiopathic scoliosis is not preventable, and research has ruled out any connection between idiopathic scoliosis and diet or posture.

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