Scoliosis is Discussed in a New "Leading Edge" Segment Hosted by Jimmy Johnson

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This condition is explored in an upcoming episode.

Scoliosis, a condition that causes a sideways curve of the spine, is a disorder that affects people of all ages. There is not, in fact, one single cause of scoliosis. In some cases, scoliosis is caused by injury, infection and birth defects. This condition may also be hereditary, passed down from parent to child. In many cases, the cause of scoliosis is not known. Scoliosis can cause an uneven alignment of shoulder blades, hip bones and other bones of the body. Affected patients will experience back pain and may even have trouble breathing.

Treatment for this condition varies, depending on the severity of the problem. Some cases may be so mild that doctor observation is the only action taken. Patient age, severity and cause of the scoliosis will also impact the treatments prescribed. Braces and surgery are traditional methods of treating scoliosis patients. In some cases, treatments such as exercise, chiropractic care, dietary changes, nutritional supplements and electric stimulation may be used. In this upcoming segment, Jimmy Johnson will be hosting a segment that explores recent innovations in scoliosis treatment and how these treatments are improving lives of patients today.

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