When the spine develops normally, it allows the human body to perform some truly incredible feats. However, when impacted by a condition such as scoliosis, these capabilities become increasingly difficult and painful. Characterized by a distinct C or S-shaped curve of the spine, scoliosis is a condition in which the spine’s natural alignment is altered by greater than 10 degrees. While scoliosis can develop during adulthood, it is most often seen in adolescents with the greatest rate of diagnosis occurring in teenage girls.
As one may suspect, the deviation of the spine’s natural curvature in scoliosis can vary widely in severity. Some patients need no treatment at all, while others will require surgical intervention. The following infographic provides greater insight into the risk factors for developing scoliosis, as well as the treatment options that may be recommended based on the condition’s progression.