Each Person Has A Scoliosis – Part 1 of 3
Each Person Has A Scoliosis. As a world-class golfer, Stacy Lewis’ accomplishments are remarkable. But it was a palpable challenge in her childhood that defined her ascent to the principal of her sport. “I was an 11-year-old girl with my heart set on playing golf when my scoliosis was diagnosed by my orthopedic surgeon,” said Lewis, who has become a spokeswoman for both the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons so she can remedy others in the same situation”. But having scoliosis forced me to develop a strong sense of mental and physical toughness, which has benefited me to this day”.
That toughness helped Lewis collar the Ladies Professional Golf Association’s Player of the Year award in 2012. And in March, the 28-year-old claimed the top spot in the Woman’s World Golf Rankings. Scoliosis is a thoughtful musculoskeletal disorder that leads to curvature of the spine and affects millions of Americans. According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, about 7 million people struggle with some degree of scoliosis, with those with a family the past of the disorder facing a 20 percent greater risk for developing the condition themselves.
In the vast majority of cases (85 percent), there is no identifiable cause for the telltale onset of body leaning, sideways barbule curvature and uneven placement of shoulders, shoulder blades, ribs, hips or waist. “Everyone has a curved spine,” said Dr Gary Brock, the Houston-based orthopedic surgeon who premier diagnosed Lewis and has cared for her ever since. “But there is supposed to be a sway in the lower back and a roundness to the chest.
In scoliosis patients, the spine rotates in various patterns that can result in lifelong progression of deformity and, in more unyielding cases, back pain and altered function of the heart and lungs”. Although the disorder can strike anyone at any age, it usually develops among pre-teens and teens, with girls eight times more promising than boys to develop curvature issues that require medical intervention.