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:
In 2011, the CDC reported that 1 in 12 people in the US (approximately 25 million) have asthma , with the numbers rising every year. Can you imagine, then, how many people have chronic asthma in 2017?
Many people develop the disease as children. From then on they experience episodes of shortness of breath, chest tightening, coughing fits and wheezing. During asthma attacks, the airways leading to the lungs constrict, preventing enough air from passing in and out. Additionally, the body produces extra mucus, clogging the airways even more.Needless to say, it can be a challenge for children and adults alike to live with this condition. Yet, you’ll be happy to know that it is manageable and doesn’t have to stop you from living a full, happy and healthy life. What are some things you can do to keep your asthma under wraps instead of it keeping you under wraps?
When most people hear that word arthritis, they immediately associate it with adults — especially older individuals. While the Arthritis Foundation does report that close to 50% of people over age 65 do have some form of arthritis , many younger individuals are also living with it.
In fact, two-thirds of those diagnosed are under age 65. You might be surprised to know that some 300,000 children of varying ages are a part of this group! The month of July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month.The purpose is to educate parents and others on this painful condition and help them to support children who bravely battle it each day. Why not test your current knowledge on this important subject?
When summer rolls around, most people are inevitably exposed to more sun whether they lay out and tan or not. It’s been long since confirmed that the use of tanning beds and prolonged exposure to the sun, especially without any sun protection, can have detrimental effects.
This might leave you wondering how you can avoid these issues, yet still have healthy, glowing skin all summer long. Let’s consider some do’s and don’ts that will be a major help.