Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine.  It may be described as an “S” or a “C” curve.  Typically, it first shows up during the growth spurt before puberty.   The majority of cases of scoliosis are idiopathic meaning there is no known cause.  Scoliosis could also be congenital (developed before birth) or neuromuscular (caused by a spinal cord injury, spina bifida or cerebral palsy).  The scoliotic curve can range from small to large.  If the curve is large, doctors may recommend surgery.


Signs of scoliosis are a visible curve in the back, uneven shoulders or waist, one hip higher than the other, ribs that stick out farther on one side of the body compared to the other.  Scoliosis may cause back pain, stiffness and loss of range of motion.  If the curve is mild, you may not have any noticeable symptoms.

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