June 26, 2022
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Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs during the growth spurt just before puberty and can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, however, the cause of most cases is unknown.

In most cases, scoliosis is mild, but some children can develop spine deformities that can continue to become more severe as they grow. With severe scoliosis however, it can be disabling especially with a severe spinal curve that can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.

Children who have mild scoliosis are monitored closely and with X-rays, a doctor can see if the curve is getting worse. In many cases, no treatment is necessary but some children will need to wear a brace to stop the curve from worsening. Others may need surgery to keep the condition from becoming worse and to straighten in severe cases.

The symptoms can include:

Uneven shoulders

One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other

Uneven waist

One hip higher than the other

If the curve gets worse, the spine will also rotate or twist, and star to curve side to side. This causes the ribs on one side of the body to stick out farther than on the other side and cause pain and discomfort to the person

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