‘What better way to spread the word about scoliosis than to get people running!’ my first thought when I saw this.
The average Nigerian citizen on the street goes unaware of the meaning of this word…scoliosis.
Simply put, scoliosis is an abnormal spinal condition where the spine is curved to either side, noted either at birth or in some other cases, occurring over time. Scoliosis is seen commonly in children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 16.
Signs of Scoliosis include
– Head slightly off center
– Uneven shoulders
– Asymmetry of back and visible curve
– Larger gap on one side between arm and waist
– One hip higher than the other
– Rib prominence when bending over
– Clothes not hanging properly
– Asymmetry of ribs and/or chest
While there is no known cure for scoliosis since the cause itself remains unknown, there are good treatment options and daily living aids to help greatly reduce the pain and deal with other symptoms ranging from bracing to physiotherapy or spinal infusion depending on the severity of the curve.
Early detection is KEY in dealing with scoliosis. People who remain unaware of its symptoms and treatment continue suffering chronic pain, for this simple reason; Come contribute your quota, Come run for scoliosis!
Join this weekend to raise awareness for Scoliosis in eight major states around Nigeria! Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Calabar, Enugu, Owerri, Ibadan.
To participate, download the Truppr App and register for the run.
Dress code for the occasion: a touch of green! (Socks, headbands, sneakers, ribbon or even your running outfit!)
This event is powered by Beyond A Curved Spine (B.A.C.S) Initiative (Scoliosis Awareness Hub) and supported by Truppr.
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