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Articles on Scoliosis

Several short articles on scoliosis are provided on this Web page. Scoliosis is a disorder in which there is a sideways curve of the spine, or backbone. For additional articles on scoliosis, please visit eMedTV's scoliosis health channel.

Scoliosis Overview

A condition that can affect people of all ages, scoliosis is characterized by a sideways curvature of the spine (backbone) (see Scoliosis for more detailed information).

What Causes Scoliosis?

In 80 percent to 85 percent of cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown -- this is referred to as idiopathic scoliosis. Other types may be caused by things like injury, disease, and birth defects.
(Click Causes of Scoliosis to learn more.)

Symptoms of Scoliosis

People with scoliosis may have any of these symptoms:
  • Shoulders are at different heights
  • One or both shoulder blades stick out
  • Rib cages are at different heights
  • The waist seems lopsided.
(Click Scoliosis Symptoms for a more detailed list.)

Scoliosis Treatments

Observation, bracing, and surgery are the mainstays of treatment for scoliosis. The choice that is right for you will depend on the degree of your spinal curve, your age, and other factors.
(Click Scoliosis Treatment for more information on this topic.)

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