The Doctor Jose Molina Orosa Hospital and the Hotel Costa Calero in Lanzarote have just hosted the 24th Congress of the Canary Islands Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This Congress had specific aims to demystify patients’ beliefs in rehabilitation, such as swimming prevents or cures scoliosis.
Sixty rehabilitation doctors met together from across all the islands to discuss issues affecting this sector and to define common lines of action. The two main topics addressed with special interest were idiopathic scoliosis and shock waves.
Idiopathic scoliosis is a complex process of three-dimensional deformation of the spine and thorax of multifactorial origin, which appears in apparently healthy subjects and can progress during periods of rapid growth.
According to the age of onset and detection of scoliosis, it is classified as child for those under the age of 3 years, juvenile between the ages of 4 and 10 years, and adolescent after the age of 10 years. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis affects 3% of the population of the Canary Islands, which requires treatment and follow-up due to its worsening factors and rapid progression.
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