When looking at the front of our spine, it should be fairly straight. When looking from the side, there are a few natural curves. In the cervical and lumbar spine, the curve is called, “lordosis”. In the thoracic spine, the curve is called, “kyphosis”.
Scoliosis is a condition in which there is one or more abnormal curves, usually in a side-to-side appearance.
The main cause of scoliosis is not completely known. Genetic predisposition, growth, hormone dysfunction, abnormal bone density, biomechanical factors or nerve problems can affect scoliosis.
Many patients with scoliosis live very normal lives without any pain. Often these people do not know they have a slightly scoliotic spine.