Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person's spine is curved from side to side of more than 10 degrees. The curvature can be a C-shape or S-shape, and the spine may also be rotated.
There are two types of scoliosis. Non-structural scoliosis is usually caused by a condition outside the spine and disappears when that is corrected. For example, if one of your legs is longer than the other, the curvature in your spine will disappear when you sit down.
Structural scoliosis is a fixed curvature in your spine. Usually the underlying cause of structural scoliosis can't be treated.
There are several signs to look for to help determine if you have a scoliosis. Should you notice any one or more of these signs, you should schedule an exam with an osteopath.