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Is it my own fault for having scoliosis?

Started by hazard6 on 11/10/2018 12:34pm

Hello, at 17 or 18 years I had underweight at only 55 kg for a year as a male. Then at 19 years they diagnosed me with a 20° S curve scoliosis. I too may have been sitting incorrectly for longer periods of time.

Is that why I developed the scoliosis? Is it my fault? Could it have been entirely prevented if I had normal weight and good posture? Maybe I only had 5° curvature and through my misdeeds it worsened up to 20°? Is there anything I did wrong to worsen the curve? I just want to know if it's my fault because I can't forgive myself for getting a scoliosis and I feel guilty and shameful.
By the way I had this underweight due to psychosis and anxiety but I could have done better to keep normal weight.

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Hi, hazard6--thank you for your post. There are different types of scoliosis that each have different causes--did your doctor tell you the type of scoliosis you have (eg, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis)? If not, you should ask, as this will help illuminate the cause. Here's more information on the different types of scoliosis: ( Causes of Scoliosis )

Most cases of scoliosis have no known cause--this is known as idiopathic. While being mindful of posture and healthy body mechanics are great for the long-term health of your spine, it's not helpful to beat yourself up over your condition. Our advice is to focus on ways to prevent your scoliosis from worsening. Many treatments are available, and you may be interested in one physical therapy method we recently published an article on: ( The Schroth Method: A 3-Dimensional Treatment for Adolescent and Adult Scoliosis ).

When a medical problem arises, it's natural for people to wonder whether they are ultimately to blame. But, sometimes things happen that are out of our control. We hope you let go of your guilt and shame because scoliosis doesn't need to prevent you from living a great quality of life. We wish you the very best.