Common Spinal Deformity Among Adolescents Essay

2151 Words Mar 10th, 2015 9 Pages
When I was 12 years old, my mother discovered that I had an unusual curve on my back. Worried, she took me to an orthopedic specialist and I was then diagnosed with scoliosis. Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder, and according to scoliosis specialists, it is “the most common spinal deformity among adolescents” (Pialasse and Simoneau 131). More than 7 million people in the United States are affected by scoliosis, 80% of them being idiopathic (“Scoliosis” para.1). Since ancient times, scoliosis has been researched and developed with various types of curvatures and complications. Although the causes of idiopathic scoliosis are still unknown, it can and has been treated both surgically and non-surgically. Scoliosis was officially founded in the fifth century, but professors from Brown University noted that it was historically recorded as far back as 3500 BC describing people with spinal deformities. (Alonso et al 1). In this century, we are more aware of these medical deformities so we can imagine how the spine could be abnormally curved. People in ancient times, however, imagined scoliosis as a cause of divine retribution or a punishment from God for their wrong doings (Merriam-Webster). Those accusations were set straight when Hippocrates, a Greek physician, described that it was caused by chronic poor posture when the spine is growing (Alonso et al para.1). These statements led to further research and development, bracing, and finally surgery.
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