National Scoliosis Awareness Month


WHEREAS, increased public awareness of scoliosis helps children, parents, adults, and health care providers understand, recognize, and treat the complexities of spinal deformities such as Scoliosis; and 

WHEREAS, scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, with no known cause, is a condition affecting 2-3 percent of the population, or an estimated 7 million people in the United States; and 

WHEREAS, one of every six children diagnosed with scoliosis must eventually receive active medical treatment; and 

WHEREAS, the primary age of onset for scoliosis is between ten and fifteen years, with females being five times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude that requires treatment; and 

WHEREAS, screening programs can lead to early detection and treatment opportunities, which may alleviate the worst effects of scoliosis; and 

WHEREAS, National Scoliosis Awareness Month is an opportunity to renew Virginia’s commitment to raising awareness of Scoliosis, and to acknowledge the need for increased research and funding in support of improved treatment; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 2014 as NATIONAL SCOLIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.