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SCOLIOSIS AWARENESS

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a lateral or sideways curve of the spine. The spine also rotates on its long axis as it curves. It usually develops during early adolescence (age 10-13 years) when growth is most rapid.

What is the cause of Scoliosis?

The cause is unknown, but 80-90% of cases occur in otherwise healthy adolescents. We know that scoliosis is NOT contagious and NOT caused by bad posture, soft mattress, carrying a heavy school bag or junk food.

Why is early detection important?

While very small curves are common and of no significance, about 2% of girls have a curve which warrants medical observation during the growth period. If treatment is required, the earlier it is undertaken, the better the long-term result. The way to detect scoliosis is to look for it.

SCOLIOSIS SELF-DETECTION BROCHURES from Scoliosis Australia will be sent home to Year 7 and Year 9 female students to give to their parent/guardian. This pamphlet explains what Scoliosis is and describes the Forward Bending Test. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact your family Doctor for a check.

For more information go to www.scoliosis-australia.org

Jenny Hill
College Nurse

Source: Scoliosis Australia