June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, a month specifically meant to spread awareness of scoliosis and the individuals who suffer from it. The Scoliosis Research Society declared this month National Scoliosis Awareness month in order to educate the general public on the disease, early detection, and ways to treat it non-surgically. This month unites scoliosis patients, families, doctors, specialists and so many more people from around the world and encourages them to share their stories. Communities throughout the nation use local activities and community events to help grow the campaign.
Scoliosis is the most common spinal deformity in America affecting an approximate two to three percent of the population and it usually begins to show at around ten to fifteen years old. One fourth of children diagnosed with scoliosis require medical treatment. The reason that it is important to catch scoliosis early on, and the reason scoliosis awareness is so crucial, is because that provides the most options for treatment to stop or slow the curving of the spine. Because children’s bones are not fully hardened the curving can be fixed with a brace which removes the need for surgery and in severe cases delays the need for surgery until the child is older.
Quite a few different non-profit organizations take part in Scoliosis Awareness Month and use outreach methods such as marathons, walks for scoliosis, and fundraisers to help further the cause. You can help by taking part or starting up activities and events in your community to do your part to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment of scoliosis or you can simply donate, and encourage others to donate to the cause to help fund more research about scoliosis, treating it, and curing it. We can all do our part to make a difference in someone’s life.