Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine wherein the spine curves in an S formation. The condition predominantly affects adolescents between the ages of 9 and 16 and occurs seven more frequently in females than in males. While the majority of scoliosis cases are mild, some children develop disabling spine deformities which reduce the amount of space in their chest and affect lung function.
While there is no cure for scoliosis, the good news is that individuals with scoliosis can live full, normal, productive lives. Furthermore, thanks to school screening programs and heightened awareness, earlier identification of scoliosis is on the rise.