What is Scoliosis?

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About a month ago the doctor told me I had scoliosis, I want to learn more about it.

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Normal spine is straight. If you have scoliosis, your spine curves off to one side, with the following symptoms:

  • A lower shoulder
  • A rounded shoulder
  • A sunken chest shape
  • A spine that curves inward or downward too much
  • A relatively shorter leg


A lower shoulder right side . Age 15 Yeats of age
Possible causes are:
Structural issues such as leg length discrepancies or scoliosis.
Muscular imbalances or distortions caused due to sports.
Neurological conditions such as radiculopathy or pinched nerve.
Sleeping in inappropriate posture for a prolonged period of time.
Carry heavy objects such as sling bags or laptop on one shoulder for a long time.

A visit to an orthopedic surgeon is needed
Is this lower shoulder obvious? when did this lower shoulder start? do you have scoliosis? since you are 15, your body is still growing. if the lower shoulder is not severe, you can wear adjustable cloth to fix your posture to the right place. if it is severe and influence the walking, you might go to see a orthopedist and do the surgery to correct it.
Thirteen a lower spine that curves inward 30% I'm in a lot of pain. Im very scared was diagnosed recently. I am fully grown my doctors say.
Hi, the scoliosis with a 30-degree curve is mild. This is a fairly small curve. For people who are young (child or adolescent) it may need observation to see if it worsens (gets larger). A young and middle-aged adult with a curve of this degree tends to stay the same until later in life (usually age in the sixties and beyond).

Treatment for lordosis (curvature of the spine) may include:

    Medication to relieve pain and swelling
    Exercise and physical therapy to increase muscle strength and flexibility
    Wearing a back brace
    Weight loss

If scoliosis is left untreated, your curve could continue to grow, and eventually push on your organs. In my case, my scoliosis hurt, and it felt like my bones were aching. 

I also suffered a lot because of it. I had my surgery two months ago. Now I can walk fine,I can sit for about an hour and a half before getting stiff.But I still cannot bend. After physical therapy, I think my condition will be improved.
Is the surgery risky?
The surgery contains many risks.The most frightening one is paralysis.
Is this normal for a 15 year old if never noticed till now and Dose it get worse as I get older. Doctors never told me of this
yes it will get worse when your back finishes curving.
because I got scoliosis to and I have to wear a back brace.

There are three main treatments:

  •  observation (the curve stays below 25 degrees,)
  • bracing         (the curve is between 25-40)
  • surgery         (the curve is greater than 40)

I had a 72 degree curve (18 after surgery) and no pain at all. I also did hard core yoga.

The cause of scoliosis is unknown, but those with a family history of spinal deformity are at higher risk for developing scoliosis.

I am Thirteen years old, my doctor retired so my mom and I went to find a new doctor at Rock wood they did a usual check up and found out i have i might have scoliosos they did an Xray and told my mom i have scolosis im very sccared of what is going to happen next. My mom doesnt have it neither does my dad im the only one out of my family who has it they dont know what is going to happen next. i need answers ASAP!!!
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown. About 3% of adolescents have scoliosis.

Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some spine deformities continue to get more severe as children grow. Severe scoliosis can be disabling. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.

Children who have mild scoliosis are monitored closely, usually with X-rays, to see if the curve is getting worse. In many cases, no treatment is necessary. Some children will need to wear a brace to stop the curve from worsening. Others may need surgery to keep the scoliosis from worsening and to straighten severe cases of scoliosis.