What is Scoliosis?

Symptom of Scoliosis

Causes of Scoliosis

Scoliosis Screening  

Treatment of Scoliosis




What is Scoliosis?


Scoliosis is a disorder that causes an abnormal curve of the spine, or backbone. The spine has normal curves when looking from the side, but it should appear straight when looking from the front. Kyphosis is a curve seen from the side in which the spine is bent forward. Lordosis is a curve seen from the side in which the spine is bent backward. People with scoliosis develop additional curves to either side and the bones of the spine twist on each other like a corkscrew. If it gets worse, it may interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs. This may cause lots of severe health issues in the long-run.

Scoliosis is about two times more common in girls than boys. It can be seen at any age, but it is most common in those over 10 years old. Scoliosis is hereditary in that people with scoliosis are more likely to have children with scoliosis; however, there is no correlation between the severity of the curve from one generation to the next.