Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal curvature of the spine and can affect both adults and children. Scoliosis is more prevalent in females than in males.

There are three categories of scoliosis:

  • Infantile – detected or develops between birth and 3 years
  • Juvenile – detected or develops between 3 years and puberty
  • Adolescent- detected or developed from puberty to adulthood

Physical effects of scoliosis include:

  • Back pain (although mostly common in adults and occurs at the site of the curve, with muscles surrounding feeling sore and tender)
  • A visible curve in the spine
  • One shoulder or hip being more prominent than the other
  • One shoulder blade being more prominent than the other
  • Leaning to one side
  • Numbness or weakness in the legs
  • Emotional and psychological problems due to body image and overall quality of life

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