Experts consider osteoporosis a largely preventable disease. Prevention should start early. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D as a child and teenager can dramatically cut your risks of developing osteoporosis later in life. Even if you're an adult, eating a healthy diet, getting enough calcium and vitamin D, exercising, and avoiding unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking and excessive drinking, may help prevent osteoporosis. After menopause, women who have osteopenia, or thinning of the bones,...
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
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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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July 21, 2011
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