*
Scoliosis  

Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Instead of going from top to bottom in a relatively straight line, a spine with scoliosis may appear to have a side-to-side “S-shaped” or “C-shaped” curve. Mild degrees of scoliosis won’t cause you any problems. However, more severe cases of scoliosis can result in pain, weakness, and low self-esteem because of obvious cosmetic deformity. Very severe scoliosis may cause heart and lung problems if those organs are overly cramped in an abnormally shaped chest cavity.

Most cases of scoliosis begin when a child is around 8 to10 years old with gradual progression of the abnormal curvature as they continue to grow.

There are several types and classifications of scoliosis.