- Scoliosis is a condition of side-to-side spinal curves.
- Your spine will look more like a letter “S” or a “C” rather than a straight line.
- The curvature in your spine can make your shoulders, hips or waist appear unbalanced. One of your shoulder blades or trunk muscles may be more prominent as well.
- More than 80 percent of all people who suffer from Scoliosis have never suffered from an injury to cause it. When there is an undetermined cause for your Scoliosis, it is called Idiopathic Scoliosis.
- There are two other primary classifications of Scoliosis: congenital and neuromuscular.
Many people living with scoliosis don’t often have to deal with severe physical limitations, as the curve works to correct itself. However, if the curve in their spine worsens over time, both children and adults may have to grapple with several physical challenges, including:
- walking with a limp, or awkward gait
- walking at a slower pace
- severe scoliosis in the upper part of the spine can impact the lungs and the person’s ability to breathe
- poor posture and body alignment due to compensation
Scoliosis is defined as a 10-degree or more curvature of the spine, causing it to have a “C” or “S” shape instead of appearing straight. It tends to begin before puberty but can also begin in adulthood, and can cause sufferers to lean more to one side and limp due to subsequent leg/hip misalignment. As scoliosis progresses, it can also cause painful pinched nerves, muscle spasms, herniated discs, even difficulty breathing.