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Scoliosis - Curvature of the Spine

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Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine.  A healthy spine has natural front to back curves.  Scoliosis is a condition that describes side to side curvatures of the spine, that often also involve rotational deformities.  Some people are born with scoliosis, or it may result from neuromuscular conditions, osteoporosis, or for unknown reasons (idiopathic scoliosis).

Scoliosis is a progressive condition that can become worse over time.  Untreated severe curvatures can cause medical complications.  Scoliosis may be monitored or treated with back bracing or surgery.

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