Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved from side to side. The sideways curving of the spine often gets started in childhood, when bones of the spine are still growing. In many cases, the exact cause of Scoliosis is unknown. It is thought that Scoliosis is the result of a hereditary problem or an adaptation to some type of trauma, such as the birth process, or an injury such as falling off a bicycle. It usually starts with problems in the lower back or pelvis.
Some severe cases of scoliosis can lead to diminishing lung capacity, putting pressure on the heart and restricting physical activities.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
- Uneven musculature on one side of the spine
- A rib prominence and/or a prominent shoulder blade, caused by rotation of the ribcage in thoracic scoliosis
- Uneven hips, arms or leg lengths
- Slow nerve action (in some cases)
Image Scoliosis is detected by uneven shoulder heights, loss of structural balance, or a change in posture. If a spine curve exists, this can result in pressure on the joints, discs, and nerves. Because spinal bones can continue to grow well into the early 20’s, if left uncorrected Scoliosis often worsens.