Why? Why? Why? 6 Common Whys on Scoliosis – Answered!

We at Align Brace try to be understanding when sufferers and their families have a hard time getting answers to questions about scoliosis. There’s normally a lot of ‘Why’s thrown about in the first few minutes of meeting a new group of people, some in anger or dejection. Here we answer some of the more common whys that we’ve encountered when fitting users with the Align Brace.

Why does scoliosis happen?

Majority of cases are idiopathic. This literally means ‘of no known cause’. You can stop blaming your book bag, poor posture or genes now.

Why didn’t I notice my/my child’s scoliosis earlier?

This comes down to there’s not much awareness on the condition. Scoliosis is not something that parents are taught to look out for unless someone in their social circles has the condition. Visual clues are often overlooked as bad posture or slouching. Also, shoulder imbalances can be covered up by baggy clothing or hair.

Why should I pay attention to scoliosis?

Simply because there is no known cure. The condition will not magically disappear or return to normal overnight. However, it may deteriorate aggressively despite watchful waiting. It is a lifelong condition and the sooner one gets around to changing daily habits, the better it is for your spine and lifestyle in the long run.

Why is early stage scoliosis intervention so important?

The earlier a curve is detected, the higher the chances of its progression. This is especially crucial for kids who have not yet reach skeletal maturity. The curve will grow and worsen in tandem with the spine. Implementing early intervention measures such as bracing nips the problem in the bud, hopefully arresting the condition before it gets out of hand. Managed well, the condition will need no further attention nor incur more costs.

Why is scoliosis more common in girls than boys?

Although Scoliosis can develop at any age, it is commonly detected in late childhood or early teens. Therefore, the most common form- Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS), is seen in ages from 10 to 18. This is usually just before or after puberty with its accompanying growth spurt. For AIS, small curves (10 to 20 degrees) are nearly equally found in girls and boys. However, girls are more than 8 times more likely than a boy of similar age to have their condition worsening. Larger curves which require treatment (above 40 degrees) are seen in a female to male ratio of 7:1. There is no proven scientific hypothesis as to why this happens.

Why is swimming almost always recommended?

Being in water creates buoyancy, which reduces the force of body weight on the body. Moving against the water provides resistance which works the muscles, improving endurance and flexibility. Also by being in water, movements are not jarring and there is less pressure on the spine and joints. Swimming activates the torso and back muscles which help keep the body afloat and balanced while in the water. These same group of muscles help to keep your spine in place when upright. However, note that swimming does not change the shape of your spine. 

We hope that you or your loved one is able to come to terms with scoliosis and are looking forward to the positive changes it brings. Please share with us any thoughts or questions you may have through the comment section or via email, and we will try to include them in future posts. Read more about treatment paths in our previous post here.