Everyone's spine has subtle natural curves. But some people have different curves, side-to-side spinal curves that also twist the spine. This condition is called "scoliosis". On an x-ray with a front or rear view of the body, the spine of a person with scoliosis looks more like an "S" or a "C" than a straight line. These curves can make a person's shoulders or waist appear uneven. These curves can't be corrected simply by learning to stand up straight.
Scoliosis In Adults: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments
I'm an Adult: Why Do I Have Scoliosis Now
For more information or appointments: If you were diagnosed with scoliosis in childhood, you likely wore a plastic brace as you grew. When most people hear of scoliosis they think of a younger teenager, but adults can develop scoliosis, too. Scoliosis is commonly referred to as an adult deformity. Any curve beyond 20 to 25 degrees is considered abnormal.
Scoliosis is characterized by an S- or C-shaped curve in the spine. Scoliosis in adults can occur due to a variety of reasons, including genetics, uneven pelvic position, past spinal or joint surgeries, knee or foot distortions, or even head injuries. Some curves are deeper than others.
However, adults can develop scoliosis, too—even if they never had it as a child. To help shed light on the distinctions between adult and childhood scoliosis, SpineUniverse spoke with Editorial Board member Kevin R. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a common type affecting teenagers. The term idiopathic means the scoliosis cause is unknown. Photo Source: RF.