It’s estimated that two to three percent of Americans have scoliosis by age 16. Scoliosis, in simple terms, is an abnormal curvature of the spine from right to left. Instead of the spine running straight down the back as it should, it curves into an “S” shape, typically bending more to one side than the other.
Scoliosis is common among growing children, and there’s no shortage of myths circulating about what causes it. Whether you have a child with scoliosis or not, it’s good to be educated based on accurate information. Why not test your current knowledge — and maybe even learn something new — with a game of true or false?
False . While this weight can put strain on the back, shoulders and neck, a backpack full of schoolbooks isn’t a cause of scoliosis. In reality, if it were, a lot more children would suffer from it.
True . When the spine only appears to be curved, it’s referred to as nonstructural scoliosis. It may look this way because of one leg being slightly shorter than the other, muscle spasms on one side of the body or even forms of inflammation such as appendicitis.The opposite of the nonstructural type is structural scoliosis. This is when the curvature of the spine is rigid. This form is unlike the other in that it cannot be reversed.
Often, because curvature occurs gradually, it can go unnoticed by parents and children. However, you should seek a medical evaluation if you notice that your child has:
Each year in the United States, more than 44,000 people take their own lives . That’s an average of 121 suicides per day. It’s estimated that for every one reported, 12 more people engage in self-harm, whether intentional suicide attempts or not.
With rates on a steady incline, it’s past time for action. Each and every one of us needs to have a part in supporting those who struggle with suicidal thoughts. In order to be of any help, though, we need to be able to recognize the signs of a person on the brink. What should you look for and how can you help?
It's estimated that one in five high school athletes will suffer a concussion during sports season. Younger athletes have the highest rate of concussions. While more perceived contact sports like football are thought to be the highest risk for a potential concussion, all sports carry a similar risk and demand similar precaution and treatment. As a parent, your first instinct might be to ban your child from playing sports altogether. But is that really necessary? No. Why do we say this?For one thing, if you encourage your child to play safely and receive training in head injury prevention, you can minimize risk. And if your child does happen to suffer from a concussion, there are steps you can take to ensure that they heal as quickly and as completely as possible.