Scoliosis, which is defined as a sideways curvature of the spine, can occur in children and adults.
In children, the condition may be something the child is born with (congenital); it may occur over time with no known cause (idiopathic) or it may be caused by trauma or a neuromuscular disease (neuromuscular).
In adults, scoliosis may also be caused by degenerative disc disease that develops throughout the aging process. Common symptoms of adult scoliosis include low or mid-back pain or stiffness, feeling a sense of leaning to one side, sciatica (pain radiating down the leg), numbness or weakness in the legs, difficulty walking or standing for longer periods of time, and/or a sense of imbalance.
A more in depth look at pediatric scoliosis, including possible risk factors and common symptoms.
A more in depth look at adult scoliosis, including possible risk factors and common symptoms.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SPINE SURGERY
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