What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is when the spine curves to the side. It is not a disease. It just means that in an often otherwise healthy person the spine is curved or twisted. It is not infectious or contagious. It does not develop because of anything a person did or did not do. Scoliosis can happen at any age. However, the most common time is around age 10 to 15 when a child is in early adolescence. In most cases the cause is unknown. Sometimes the scoliosis arises because of a neuromuscular condition, such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. Scoliosis can also develop as part of a syndrome, such as Marfan syndrome. Scoliosis can affect a person’s appearance because when the spine bends to the side it can also twist. This twisting can pull the ribcage out of place. The ribcage can then sometimes form a bulge on the back and cause a shoulder blade to stick out. Most cases of scoliosis should be checked regularly by a scoliosis specialist. At SFG we have scoliosis specialists and can help patients know where to find their nearest specialist centre. (Click here to read more)

 

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