Scoliosis is a condition usually diagnosed in prepubescent children, in which the spine curves sideways during growth. Although it is not always possible to pin scoliosis on a specific cause, it is sometimes attributed to conditions like muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and unusually rapid growth. Scoliosis tends to run in families, suggesting a hereditary link.
The severity of scoliosis varies widely from one person to the next. Most cases are mild enough to not cause lifestyle challenges or to require surgery. Sometimes, though, scoliosis can be severe enough to impede mobility, flexibility and the functioning of the internal organs.
The symptoms of scoliosis include the following:
In most children, scoliosis does not result in any health risks or complications. However, in some cases, scoliosis can lead to the following complications: