Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal curvature of the spine. This curvature can occur anywhere on the spine. If left untreated, scoliosis can worsen and cause damage to your spine, chest, pelvis, heart, and lungs.

There are two types of scoliosis, one of them being nonstructural scoliosis. Nonstructural scoliosis involves a temporary change of spinal curvature. This is caused by an underlying condition such as a difference in leg length, muscle spasms, or inflammatory conditions. Correcting the underlying problem treats this type of scoliosis. Treatment for nonstructural scoliosis typically involves treating the underlying issue.

The second type of scoliosis is called structural scoliosis. A diagnosis of fixed scoliosis involves a curvature of the spine itself. There are adolescent and adult-degenerative forms of scoliosis. Both require specialized and customized treatments, which vary per patient. Some treatments include corrective exercises and minimally invasive surgical techniques. If severe, then a more complex or traditional scoliosis surgery may be necessary.

Common symptoms of scoliosis may include:

  • Rotation of the bones in the spine, making it look as your waist or shoulders are uneven.
  • One or both shoulder blades may stick out.
  • One hip may appear higher than the other
  • You may lean to one side
  • Spine curves to one side
  • Tired feeling in the spine after sitting or standing for a long time.
  • Backache or low-back pain.

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