In a normal spine, when viewed from the back, the spine runs straight down the middle. When a person has scoliosis, their spine curves to the side. The angle of the curve varies. It could be small or large. Any curve greater than 10 degrees is considered scoliosis, with the curve described by two letters: C-shaped or S-shaped. Eighty-percent of scoliosis is idiopathic (without a known cause).
Common causes include:
- Genetic/inherited trait
- Trauma to or infection in spine
- Birth defects
- In early adolescence, there may be no pain, but obvious symptoms of imbalance, high-shoulder or pelvis, and obvious visible curve of the spine.
- Later in life, degenerative change leads to pain especially at the apex of the curves.
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, or are concerned that you may have scoliosis, take the next step toward relief and visit us at Etheredge Chiropractic. Schedule your appointment today!