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Scoliosis Overview

When the spine (backbone) is curved from side to side, it is known as scoliosis. What causes it? In most cases (80 percent to 85 percent), the cause is unknown. In other cases, a person's scoliosis may be due to a disease, infection, injury, or birth defect.
 
A person with scoliosis may exhibit the following symptoms:
 
  • Shoulders are at different heights
  • One or both shoulder blades stick out
  • Rib cages are at different heights.
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People with severe curves may need surgery or bracing to straighten the spine or to prevent further curvature, while people who have a curve of less than 25 degrees and are still growing only need to visit their healthcare provider for periodic observation.
 
(For a more in-depth overview, click Scoliosis. This article discusses a number of topics related to scoliosis, including who it affects, what your healthcare provider will consider before recommending treatment, and more.)
 

Scoliosis Overview

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