Scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine. This is a common condition that can leave the spine looking like an “S” or a “C,” rather than a straight line down the back. Some curves in the spine are normal and help with balance and the ability to stand upright—it is a sideways curvature of the spine that indicates scoliosis.
Scoliosis usually isn’t life-threatening and children who have it can live normal and active lives. There is no known way to prevent scoliosis, however, treatment can help the condition from getting worse. Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare offers several options for scoliosis treatment.
Scoliosis in children, infants, teens and adults includes a curvature of the spine, but the amount or degree of the curve can vary greatly. There are several types, each ranging from mild scoliosis to severe scoliosis.
Research shows that the most common type of scoliosis (idiopathic) frequently runs in families. Evidence suggests that genetics play a role. However, some children with scoliosis have no relatives with the condition.
Because idiopathic scoliosis causes are unknown, there are some common misconceptions about what causes it.
Idiopathic scoliosis is not caused by:
Learn about the symptoms that can indicate scoliosis.