What is scolisis? It is a lateral curvature of the spine that often begins in childhood, when the bones of the spine are still growing. In many cases, the exact cause of scoliosis is unknown. Scoliosis may be detected by palpation of the spine, uneven shoulder height, a loss of structural balance, or a change in posture.
It is thought that scoliosis is the result of a hereditary problem or an adaptation to some type of trauma, such as the birth process, or an injury, such as falling off a bicycle. It usually starts with problems in the lower back. Because spinal bones continue to grow well into the early 20s, if left uncorrected, scoliosis often worsens. The symptoms associated with scoliosis are often dismissed as “growing pains,” often delaying appropriate care.