Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways bend of the spine. Everyone’s spine has natural curves but those suffering from scoliosis have spines that also curve from side to side. The spine of a person with scoliosis looks more like an “S” or a “C” rather than a straight line from top to bottom. Since a straight spine is a strong spine, a scoliosis weakens the body and often causes pain. It usually begins as a postural distortion, but may eventually become a permanent deformity depending on the cause of the problem. When allowed to advance, it may interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs. Scoliosis care depends on your age, how much you’re likely to grow, how much curving there is, and whether the curve is temporary or permanent. If the scoliosis is caused by a spinal misalignment, it can successfully be treated by a chiropractor. Research suggests that the function and structure of the spine can be improved by the chiropractic adjustment, and may relieve pain associated with scoliosis.