Southern Bone and Joint offers free scoliosis screenings

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -  Southern Bone and Joint Specialists are offering free Scoliosis screenings throughout the month of June. Doctor's say Scoliosis screenings are so important at an early age. It is just a simple test, which can prevent future back pain, deformities and other avoidable problems.

During a routine exam at the Doctors office, Emily Crum learned about the abnormal curve in her spine. "I was just getting a camp physical. I didn't have any pain or any symptoms of it. My Dad reached around to hug me and he hit my shoulder blade, that's when we decided that we needed another check up. My spine curved and it made my shoulder blade stick out."

Within a few months, Emily, 15,  was on the operating table. @

"I went straight into surgery, and now I have two rods and 16 screws in my back. The good news is, I  grew 2 1/4 inches."

Southern Bone and Joint Specialist, Dr. Susie Folse said Emily is lucky she was diagnosed early on.

"If you catch that curve early enough, you can get them into a brace if they need it, educate them about it so they can follow it, and you can follow them as they grow because it can grow."@

Folse said Scoliosis is hereditary and it effects about 2 percent of the population.

"Usually around the ages of 8 to 10 we start seeing a lot of it."

Emily, now 17 said Scoliosis hasn't held her back and that she is thankful a simple routine physical saved her from having future problems with her spine.

"It was tough. It wasn't easy by any stretch but we made it through and I am doing good today."

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