For someone living with scoliosis, they might sometimes feel like they are dealing with a condition no-one else can relate to, or understand.
It’s commonly believed that scoliosis only affects 2-4% of the population, but this isn’t exactly true. It’s reported that scoliosis is found in 2-4% of the adolescent population, but when ScoliCare reviewed the published literature about adults with scoliosis, we found that scoliosis is prevalent in approximately 38% of adults (over 40) too! So the number of people with scoliosis is a lot larger than many would believe.
It’s quite possible that your friend, your neighbour, or even your favourite celebrity or sports person might also live with scoliosis and deals with issues just like you.
From models to athletes, you might be surprised by some famous people with scoliosis.
Here are just a few:
It’s hard to believe that the fastest man on earth has scoliosis!
Olympian Usain Bolt was born with scoliosis, curving his spine to the right and making his right leg half an inch shorter than his left. It’s been said that Bolt has adjusted his stride to accommodate the effects of his scoliosis.
Martha Hunt is an international model and Victoria’s Secret angel, but did you know she was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 13, and underwent spinal surgery a few years later?
In recent years Martha has opened up about her journey with scoliosis, in the hope that others on a similar path will feel more informed and less alone. You can visit her Instagram for her story.
Australia actress Georgie Parker was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 13. As a teenager she wore a brace for several years, avoiding the need to have surgery.
She still lives with a curve, but keeps active to keep her back as functional as possible. [Source]
Kurt Cobain is best known as the lead singer of grunge band Nirvana. Diagnosed with a curve in his teenage years, he spoke of his scoliosis as inspiration for his music:
“I have scoliosis. I had minor scoliosis in junior high, and since I’ve been playing guitar ever since, the weight of the guitar has made my back grow in this curvature. [scoliosis] gives me a back pain all the time. That really adds to the pain in our music“ – Kurt Cobain
People from all walks of life can be diagnosed with scoliosis. Finding out and then living with the condition can be a tough journey, and it can affect people in different ways, but it’s important to remember that with scoliosis you are not alone. There are many inspiring people who haven’t let their scoliosis get in the way and they have gone on to achieve and reach out to others with the same condition.
At ScoliCare Clinics we are here to help support patients through their journey, and find the best treatment approach for their individual needs. Whatever age you are, we think that getting the right treatment at the right time for your scoliosis will not only help you live your best healthy life, but also help you work towards achieving your dreams.
Please get in touch on 1300 883 884.