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Shedding Light on Scoliosis:  Spreading Awareness During Scoliosis Awareness Month


Michael J. Lyons, D.O., Chief Medical Officer, Coastal Gateway Health Center

Every year, June is designated as Scoliosis Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing public understanding of scoliosis and its impact on individuals worldwide. Scoliosis is a complex spinal condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine, which affects people of all ages. During this month-long campaign, educational initiatives, support groups, and medical professionals unite to raise awareness about scoliosis, promote early detection, and provide resources for those affected by this condition. This article aims to shed light on scoliosis, its significance, and the importance of creating awareness to empower individuals and communities.

Understanding Scoliosis

Scoliosis refers to the sideways curvature of the spine, forming an “S” or “C” shape. It affects approximately 2-3% of the population, with varying degrees of severity. While some cases are mild and require minimal intervention, others can progress and have a significant impact on a person’s daily life, including pain, limited mobility, and potential complications with organs if left untreated. Scoliosis can be congenital (present at birth) or develop during childhood or adolescence, known as idiopathic scoliosis, which accounts for about 80% of cases. Other causes include neuromuscular conditions, spinal injuries, and degenerative diseases.

Early Detection and Diagnosis

Early detection plays a vital role in effectively managing scoliosis. During regular check-ups, parents, educators, and healthcare professionals should be vigilant for signs such as uneven shoulders, uneven waist, or a prominent shoulder blade. If these indicators are present, a referral to a specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon or a scoliosis specialist, is recommended for further evaluation. Diagnostic procedures may include physical examinations, imaging tests (such as X-rays or MRIs), and monitoring changes over time.

Treatment and Management

The treatment and management of scoliosis depends on several factors, including the curve’s severity, the individual’s age, and the potential for progression. Treatment options range from observation and monitoring for mild cases to more proactive approaches, such as bracing or surgical intervention for moderate to severe cases. Physical therapy, exercise, and lifestyle modifications can also play a crucial role in managing pain, maintaining flexibility, and improving overall quality of life for individuals with scoliosis.

Empowering Communities and Support

Scoliosis Awareness Month serves as an opportunity to bring together individuals, families, and communities affected by scoliosis. Support groups, both online and offline, offer a safe space for sharing experiences, providing emotional support, and exchanging information. These communities play a significant role in empowering individuals, promoting self-acceptance, and encouraging proactive approaches to managing scoliosis.

Promoting Education and Research

Increasing public awareness about scoliosis is essential for fostering early detection, encouraging research, and reducing stigmas associated with the condition. Schools and educational institutions can contribute by incorporating scoliosis awareness into health curricula, providing information to students and teachers, and organizing awareness campaigns. Furthermore, supporting research initiatives focused on better understanding the causes, prevention, and treatment of scoliosis can lead to advancements in medical interventions and improved quality of life for those affected.


Scoliosis Awareness Month serves as a vital platform to educate and empower individuals, families, and communities affected by scoliosis. By promoting early detection, raising awareness, and providing support, we can help individuals receive timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Together, we can break down stigmas, encourage proactive approaches, and foster a society that embraces and supports those living with scoliosis. Let us use this month to spread awareness and create lasting impact in the lives of people affected by scoliosis.

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