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Shailene Woodley is best known for her role in the HBO series, Big Little Lies, and her starring roles in movies “The Fault in Our Stars” and the “Divergent” saga. As Woodley worked her way up in Hollywood she was also struggling with chronic back pain because of her Idiopathic Scoliosis

Doctors diagnosed Woodley with scoliosis at the age of 15. She has a 38% curvature in her spine. She wore a brace for 18 hours a day- 7 days a week. The actress said it was difficult to eat and even breathe in the brace. She told reporters she wore the brace to stop the progression of her scoliosis.


Types of Scoliosis

There are several different kinds of scoliosis – here are the four most common forms of the deformity:

Idiopathic Scoliosis

Idiopathic Scoliosis presents in adolescents ages 10-16 during their “growth spurts”. It is found more commonly in girls.

Congenital Scoliosis

Congenital Scoliosis appears in newborns and is less common than idiopathic scoliosis, affecting 1 in 10,000 babies.

Degenerative Scoliosis

Degenerative Scoliosis appears most often in adults age 55 or older.

Neuromuscular Scoliosis

Neuromuscular Scoliosis is caused by disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and muscular system may accompany neuropathic and myopathic conditions.


Cause of Idiopathic Scoliosis

There is no known cause for Idiopathic Scoliosis, but much like Shailene Woodley – if properly treated properly – the condition does not mean the patient cannot lead a relatively active and normal lifestyle.


Treating Scoliosis

There are many ways scoliosis can be treated depending on the patient’s specific condition and body type. Some forms of treatment include

  • Wearing a brace
  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractor Treatments
  • Surgery


If you are suffering from neck and back pain due to scoliosis, make sure you are getting the most information from as many sources as possible. If you would like to get an opinion from one of the highest rated spine surgeons in the state – you can fill out our “Request An Appointment” form below or call our office at 985-400-5778. 


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