• MEDICAL CONDITION
Scoliosis

Scoliosis

DESCRIPTION

Scoliosis (sko-lee-O-sis) is a disorder in which there is a sideways curve of the spine, or backbone. Curves are often S-shaped or C-shaped. In most people, there is no known cause for this curve. This is known as idiopathic (id-ee-o-PATH-ik) scoliosis.

People with milder curves may only need to visit their doctor for periodic exams. Some people who have scoliosis need treatment.

People of all ages can have scoliosis. The most common type is idiopathic scoliosis in children age 10 to 12 and in their early teens. This is the time when children are growing fast. Girls are more likely than boys to have this type of scoliosis.

Scoliosis can run in families. A child who has a parent, brother, or sister with idiopathic scoliosis should have regular checkups by the family doctor.

In most people with scoliosis, the cause is not known. In some cases, there is a known cause.

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