Helping You Understand the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments Affiliated with Scoliosis
What is Scoliosis?
The classic sign of scoliosis is an unnatural C- or S-shaped curve of the spine. The definition of the disorder is a spinal curve of more than 10 degrees. Some patients are born with scoliosis. While some develop it much later in life, it appears in most children between the ages of 8 and 10. Scoliosis without a known cause is called idiopathic.
This disorder can affect a patient’s health. Scoliosis can cause pain, reduced lung function, limited activity, or heart function problems, although some children may not show symptoms. Adult patients often cite back pain as an early symptom. Over time, wear and tear on the joints and bones of the spine cause discs to begin to tilt and to eventually curve. Other signs include leg weakness, pain, numbness, or the appearance of a bump in the lower back. Some individuals develop bone spurs.