June, 2014: Scoliosis Awareness Month

WHEREAS, it is important to increase public awareness of Scoliosis and help 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% of the population, or an estimated 7 million people in the United States. Scoliosis is a condition that strike without regard to gender, race, age, or economic status; and

WHEREAS, an estimated one million Scoliosis patients utilize health care yearly, with about one of every six children being diagnosed with this condition eventually being required to receive medical treatment; and

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

WHEREAS, screening programs allow for early detection, and for treatment opportunities which may alleviate the worst effects of the condition;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim June, 2014 as Scoliosis Awareness Month in Michigan.