It is natural for the spine to curve forward and backward to a certain degree; this is what gives the spine its "S"-like shape. However, when a person's spine twists and develops an "S" -shaped side-to-side/lateral curve, it is a condition known as scoliosis.
Q. I thought I had a problem with my back. My doctor examined me and said it's not my back, but that I have a sacroiliac dysfunction. What is a sacroiliac dysfunction, and can I be sure that I don't have problems with my back?
Q. I recently saw my family doctor for pain in my calf and foot. My family doctor said I have a herniated disc in my low back, so she referred me to a spine specialist. Can this be true? How can this pain be coming from something in my back?
Q. I had scoliosis as a teenager and was told that it would stop after I stopped growing. I'm 32 now, and it seems to be getting worse. Could this be something else happening, or is the scoliosis getting worse? Will I need surgery?
Refer to the section on patient information. Along with the meeting and membership information for society participants, there is an extensive glossary of spine terms. View the "Library" section for information on clinical assessment, imaging, and the causes and treatment of congenital and neuromuscular scoliosis, idiopathic scoliosis, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, and kyphosis.