Common diseases: What is scoliosis?

scoliosis-300x224Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. It occurs more frequently in females in early teenage years, during the growth spur. Up to 5% of teenagers have a certain degree of scoliosis. Sometimes, it can be congenital (present since birth) or appear later in life due to a neurological illness.

Scoliosis can present as follows:

  1. Uneven shoulders
  2. One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
  3. Uneven waist
  4. One hip higher than the other

You can do a very simple test to figure out whetherimages_2 you (or a young female that you know) have the early signs of scoliosis: it’s called the Adam’s test. Simply bend forward and observe the line formed by your back. If it is not perfectly horizontal then you may have scoliosis: go see your physician!

Scoliosis may be reversible, and the earlier you detect it, the easier it will be to treat, stop the progression and even reverse it. Treatment is either with a brace or surgery, depending on the severity of the back curvature.


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