Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a change in the shape of the spine during the child’s growth. It results in the spine curving sideways and twisting at the same time. This twisting can pull the ribcage out of position, often leading to a hump on one side of the ribs. When this happens between ages 10 and 18 it is called adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).


The word idiopathic means there is no known cause. Research continues into the causes of scoliosis but it does seem to run in families. It is not caused by anything the child or parent did or did not do. AIS affects both girls and boys but is much more common in girls.

The important thing is to make sure that your GP arranges a referral to a specialist unit (within an NHS hospital) that treats scoliosis early on. Diagnosing scoliosis early on can sometimes make treatment more straight-forward.

For more information about how adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is diagnosed and treated:

Adolescent Idiopathic Information

Adolescent Idiopathic FAQs section

Personal Accounts 


If you would like to talk further about any aspect of scoliosis, SAUK is here to help; please call our helpline on 02089641166 or contact us via email or post.


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