Scoliosis is a crooked spine. Its name comes from the Greek word meaning “crooked.” As the spine grows, it bends to the side. At the same time, the vertebrae in the spine may twist or rotate. Since the ribs are attached to the vertebrae, they can twist as well, protruding on one side of the back and on the opposite side of the chest.
An X-ray is needed to determine if the condition has developed. Scoliosis is defined as a curve of 11 degrees or greater. Although scoliosis can develop at any age, the majority of cases develop during the adolescent rapid growth period.
What are the signs of scoliosis?
- One shoulder may be higher or lower than the other.
- One shoulder blade may be higher or lower than the other.
- The waist fold may be deeper on one side.
- One hip may be higher, lower or more prominent than the other.
- When bending forward, the ribs may be higher on one side or the lower back area may have one side higher.
It is important to have your child checked during a yearly physical by his doctor.