Scoliosis: A Silent Medical Condition

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jullienne Cyvin C. Lim (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Dr. Velinda Woriax

Abstract: Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine that affects a wide age range within the population. Scoliosis currently affects millions of people in the United States but many are unaware of this medical condition since it is not a disorder that would cause immediate death. The purpose of this research was to discuss and bring awareness to the topic of scoliosis as written by various published articles. Findings show that as scoliosis progresses, risk for a variety of health complications increase which may include but are not limited to: spinal injury, paralysis, back pain, decrease in cardiac and respiratory function, immobility, and more. It was established that scoliosis can be classified into different categories based on how it was developed, severity of the curvature’s angle, and age of onset. Various treatment options have been developed and are being implemented but there is ongoing research to provide less invasive treatment for patients. Because research on scoliosis is not as widely known as other medical conditions, this paper was written with the purpose of educating the public about it.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2018
Scoliosis, Curvature of the Spine, Medical Conditions, Health Complications, Treatment Options

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