Scoliosis is defined as a spinal condition in which the spine is bent sideways at an angle of ten degrees or more. Some patients with scoliosis also have lordosis, in which the spine bends forward, or kyphosis, in which the spine bends backward. 

Scoliosis is inherited, so children of parents with the disease, as well as those who have siblings who have scoliosis, are more likely to develop the disease later in life. Scoliosis usually occurs before mid-adolescence and is more common in girls than boys.

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Idiopathic scoliosis is the term given to a condition in which the cause of scoliosis is unknown, and unfortunately, this occurs in the majority of cases of scoliosis. It can be caused by a variety of problems, including poor posture, muscle spasms, and uneven leg length. More serious problems can also be the cause of scolioses, such as trauma, tumors, or neurological problems.

 As with most conditions, there is a wide range of functional abilities in people with scoliosis. Some who can cure and relieve the condition can carry out normal daily activities. Unfortunately, those with structural scoliosis suffer from a more severe version of the condition that cannot be helped by chiropractic care.

Scoliosis can be detected using various methods. During a routine examination, a posture examination may reveal the curvature of the spine. In this case, the patient will likely be referred to a specialist for further evaluation.