Governor names June 2010 National Scoliosis Awareness Month

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – More than 7 million Americans have scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, with no known cause. It can affect any age, but it’s most common in children over 10 years old. Girls are five to eight times more likely than boys to have spine curvature serious enough to require treatment. 

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III recently issued a proclamation making June 2010 National Scoliosis Awareness Month in West Virginia. Experts hope public awareness will lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment, and alleviate the worst effects of scoliosis.

“Scoliosis can impact a person’s life dramatically. It may mean they have limited movement, pain and reduced respiratory function,” John Lubicky, M.D., chief of pediatric orthopaedic surgery at West Virginia University, said. “There is no doubt that it affects a person’s self esteem, especially in adolescence, if the curved spine causes the body to be noticeably deformed.”

Governor Manchin’s proclamation also “encourages all citizens to become aware of the societal and economic burdens of musculoskeletal diseases such as scoliosis, and the need for increased research funding to reduce the pain and suffering it causes.”

For more information, see http://health.wvu.edu/services/orthopaedics/index.aspx.

Photo caption: John Lubicky, M.D. displays Governor Manchin’s scoliosis month proclamation.



For more information:
Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
kf: 06-08-10

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