During adolescence, most of us recall our mother’s marching orders to “Stand up straight!” Fortunately, standing up straight wasn’t a problem for most: simply retract the shoulders, contract the abdominals, allow the head to come back, and lift the torso out of the pelvis. Yet for others, the act of standing upright wasn’t, and still isn’t, quite that easy — one hip may be higher than the other, one side of the rib cage lower. Whatever the case, all the pelvic tucking, shoulder retracting, and chin raising are usually in vain.
Scoliosis affects 1 in 1,000 children, with approximately 500,000 children in the United States suffering from the debilitating condition. Unlike cancer and heart disease, scoliosis is rarely fatal. However, it can have a severe impact on a child’s quality of life, both physically and psychologically.