WHEREAS, we must increase the public’s 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 (idiopathic), is a condition affecting 2-3% of the population, or an estimated seven million people in the United States; and,
WHEREAS, an estimated one million scoliosis patients utilize health care yearly, with approximately one of every six children diagnosed with this condition eventually being required to receive active 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 2017 as Scoliosis Awareness Month.