Anyone can have it.
• Girls are more likely to have Scoliosis, and
have it progress after being diagnosed.
• Not transmittable, or communicable. Only
transmitted through generation. (can run in
• Limbs are not the same length
• Body parts stick out (shoulder blades)
• Scientists now isolated a gene, but the cause
is still unknown
Found a Specific Gene
• Through research, scientists isolated the gene
associated with scoliosis
• Now knowing this gene, doctors can
determine if a person will have mild,
moderate, or severe scoliosis during their life
• With this, Doctors can determine the best
treatment for that individual.
ACUTE and or CHRONIC
• All depends on the degree of the curve.
• The smaller the curve the more acute it is.
• The larger the curve the more dangerous and
chronic it is.
SCOLIOMETER: used to measure the degree of
Hazardous Depends on Degree
Of the Curve
• 0°-20° (just has to be monitored)
• 25°-70° (not necessarily treated, but w/o
treatment can cause damage; but monitoring
will take place.)
• 70° and over (can cause spine to twist – can
cause problems to organs)
• 100° (heart can be effected, death is possible
if there is no treatment)
• The spine can twist and could apply pressure
onto the lungs.
• Some organs (heart) can be effected by the
pressure of the bones twisting and turning.
• The bones of the ribcage can also twist to a
point where they could puncture the lungs.
• If degree is not severe, Doctors will just
monitor the curve over time.
• Wearing a brace can help decrease the chance
of the curve increasing.
• Surgery is also a final and last decision.