Also Known As: Scoliosis, Structual Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person's spine has a sideways curve.[2] The curve is usually "S"- or "C"-shaped.[2] In some the degree of curve is stable, while in others it increases over time.[3] Mild scoliosis does not typically cause problems, while severe cases can interfere with breathing.[3][5] Pain is typically not present.[6]

The cause of most cases is unknown but believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.[3] Risk factors include other affected family members.[2] It can also occur due to another condition such as muscles spasmscerebral palsyMarfan syndrome, and tumors such as neurofibromatosis.[2] Diagnosis is confirmed with plain X-rays.[2] Scoliosis is typically classified as either structural in which the curve is fixed or functional in which the underlying spine is normal.[2]

Treatment depends on the degree of curve, location, and cause.[2] Minor curves may simply be watched periodically.[2] Treatments may include bracing or surgery.[2] The brace must be fitted to the person and used daily until growing stops.[2] There is a lack of evidence that chiropractic manipulation, dietary supplements or exercises can prevent the condition's worsening.[2] However, exercise is still recommended due to its other health benefits.[2]

Scoliosis occurs in about 3% of people.[4] It most commonly occurs between the ages of ten and twenty.[2] Girls typically are more severely affected than boys.[2][3] The term is from Ancient Greekσκολίωσιςtranslit. skoliosis which means "a bending".[7]

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