Celebrities with Scoliosis
Scoliosis may be a piece of you, but it definitely doesn't define you. Meet these celebrities thriving with scoliosis!
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a sideways curve in the spine that measures at least 10 degrees. In addition to the sideways curvature, scoliosis involves rotation of the spine.
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is the most common type of scoliosis and occurs most often during the growth spurt before puberty. It occurs in kids and teenagers between the ages of 10 and 18. The exact cause of the curving is unknown.
Other types of scoliosis include congenital scoliosis (scoliosis that is present at birth), early onset scoliosis (scoliosis that appears after birth and before the age of 10), neuromuscular scoliosis (scoliosis caused by a neurological or muscular condition), syndromic scoliosis (scoliosis that develops as part of a syndrome), and degenerative scoliosis (scoliosis in adults caused by the wear and tear of aging).
How do you find out if you have scoliosis?
Scoliosis is often found during routine checkups. When you go in for a checkup or have a physical exam, the doctor will ask you to bend forward to observe your spine. This test is called the Adam's Forward Bend Test. If you have scoliosis, your back may look uneven. The image below shows some of the other signs of scoliosis.