GENERAL INFORMATION ON SCOLIOSIS
Scoliosis is a sideways (lateral) curvature, combined with a corkscrew like (rotation) twisting effect
Scoliosis can affect both children and adults.
Scoliosis in Children
For the majority of children this is very mild and needs no treatment. However, for those who need treatment, early diagnosis is important to prevent any further problems from developing. Scoliosis is best treated whilst children are young as the body responds better to treatment when the spine is still flexible and still growing.
Causes of Scoliosis:
80% of scoliosis cases in children are “idiopathic”, Idiopathic scoliosis is triggered by a genetic abnormality causing unbalanced growth.
Abnormal development of the bones
Many conditions affecting the nerves and muscles (neuromuscular system) can cause scoliosis.
Scoliosis in Adults
There are two main types of
Degenerative Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (adult degeneration of a curve that develops in adolescence)