Scoliosis is defined by an abnormal curvature of the spine. The condition is most commonly developed during early childhood – though the direct cause is usually not understood. Doctors believe genetics may play a role, though it may also be caused by a birth defect, spinal injury or neuromuscular conditions.
Generally, the condition will develop gradually before a child hits puberty. Most children may not realize anything is wrong, as Scoliosis is generally not painful, especially in the earliest stages. Parents may also fail to notice such a small abnormality in the spine until it develops to a certain level that cannot go unnoticed.
In most cases, a spine suffering from Scoliosis will curve sideways – into a C or an S shape when viewed from behind. As the condition develops, the person’s shoulders and hips could become uneven, or one shoulder blade may stick out a considerable amount more than the other.