Think your bones stopped growing by the time you finished high school? Think
again. Bones constantly remodel themselves throughout life, growing here,
In osteoporosis, though, normal bone remodeling goes awry. Bone loss exceeds
bone growth, and bones become thin and weak. Osteoporosis affects 10 million
Americans, leading to 1.5 million fractures every year.
Osteoporosis medications and physical activity can tip the balance of bone
remodeling, preserving bone strength. How...
small curves are more common than moderate or severe curves. About 10 out of 100 children who
are diagnosed with scoliosis require treatment (either bracing or
Scoliosis tends to run in families.
Children—especially daughters—of women who have scoliosis are at increased risk
for having scoliosis.1
Hu SS, et al. (2006). Scoliosis section of Disorders,
diseases and injuries of the spine. In HB Skinner, ed., Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Orthopedics, 4th ed., chap. 5, pp. 255–269.
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Staheli LT (2006).
Scoliosis section of Spine and pelvis. In Practice of Pediatric Orthopedics,
pp. 210–219. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and
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Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
July 21, 2011
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July 21, 2011
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