Scoliosis is an abnormal, side to side curvature of the spine that occurs during the growth spurt just before puberty.  It is the most commonly diagnosed spinal abnormality.

Scoliosis is a pain condition that causes the abnormal curvature of the spine to the right or left. The spine has a natural curve, but should have the appearance of a fairly straight line when it is viewed from the front through an X-ray or other imaging technique. In scoliosis patients, the spine is moderately or severely curved and twisted into the shape of an “S” or a “C”.