Scoliosis

Definition

Scoliosis is the abnormal sideway curving of the spine (backbone) that begins in infancy, childhood or adolescence.

The spine is made up of the interchange of bones (vetebrae) and discs stacked upon one another running straight down your back.

It is natural for the spine to curve a bit but for people with scoliosis, there is too much curvature of the spine (more than 10 degrees). In these instances, the spine may look like an 'C' or 'S'.

Severe Scoliosis of the Thoracic Spine.

The progression of scoliosis is affected by growth during the first two decades of life.

Early detection, management, and treatment of scoliosis are essential in preventing long-term consequences of the condition.

13 August, 2012