Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves sideways. Everyone’s spine is at least a little curved – nobody has a perfectly straight backbone but if the angle of the curve measures 10 degrees or more, the patient is said to have scoliosis.
Scoliosis affects roughly 4% of the population, and it can contribute to a number of health issues, including:
- Back pain
- Muscle imbalance
- Visible prominences
- Compromised breathing
The condition usually develops during adolescence, and can be structural, functional or idiopathic meaning you may have been born with it, developed it due to postural imbalances or there is no known cause as to why you may have it. The majority of scoliosis sufferers are female. However, scoliosis can occur at any time of life for a wide variety of different reasons.