Having an “S” or “C” curve in the back is one apparent symptom of a medical condition called scoliosis. This abnormal curvature of the spine can affect anyone at any age, although it is more prevalent in girls than boys. Read on to learn more about corrective treatments.

Causes & Triggers

  • Unknown, possibly hereditary
  • May be secondary to other neuromuscular conditions:
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Spina bifida

Signs & Symptoms

  • Asymmetrical, elevated hip
  • Distinct sideways lean
  • Noticeable hump
  • Protruding, asymmetrical shoulder blades
  • Uneven shoulder or waist line

Tips & Treatments

  • This condition is rarely painful, but can lead to low back pain.
  • Symptoms often appear around age 10.
  • Treatment depends on age, and may involve bracing or surgery.
  • For early diagnosis and intervention, seek a medical diagnosis from a fellowship-trained neck and spine physician.