Scoliosis is a condition where the spine is curved sideways instead of appearing in a straight line. The most common type of scoliosis is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis which occurs after age 10 and is seen more frequently in girls than boys. Scoliosis can occur at any age, while the cause is not known in 80% of cases. This is referred to as idiopathic scoliosis. Your physician will investigate other possible causes before diagnosing you with idiopathic scoliosis.
Scoliosis causes are categorized into two groups:
This type of scoliosis presents as a structurally normal spine with a temporary or changing curve.
This type of scoliosis presents with a fixed curve in the spine.
Treatment of Scoliosis is based on the physician’s assessment of the spinal curve, its cause, the age of the patient and how much more the patient may grow. Treatment options include: