ANNUAL check-ups at schools around Australia are needed to help improve the early diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis, a developmental deformity that is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to treat without surgical intervention.
SCOLIOSIS, which affects three in every 100 people including a student at Avoca Beach Public School, is a little known or understood problem in society.
When Tracey Caulfield was diagnosed with scoliosis as a teenager it was the beginning of a long and painful quest for a straight spine.
RUSSELL Young endured chronic back pain for six years as a scoliosis sufferer, but all it took was one yoga class to change his life.
At age 12, during a school medical, I was asked to touch my toes. Delighted with my flexibility, I did so, only to be told I had scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and to find myself in hospital just a few weeks later.