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What is Scoliosis?

A sideways curvature of the spine. Idiopathic scoliosis occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. Most cases are mild with few to no symptoms. Some children develop spine deformities that can get more severe as they grow.

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Congenital  – meaning from birth, which affects 10% of scoliosis cases. Neuromuscular  – which is associated with conditions like Marfans Syndrome ,which affects 10% of scoliosis cases Idiopathic Scoliosis  – condition of the growing spine, which affects 80% of scoliosis cases

Scoliosis is divided into 3 categories:

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Signs and symptoms of Idiopathic scoliosis are: shoulders that are different heights. one shoulder blade which is more prominent than the other. the head which is not centered directly above the pelvis. the appearance of a raised, prominent hip. the rib cage appears to be different heights and uneven waist. Leaning of entire body to one side.

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In some cases of scoliosis a x-ray may be required, this is what a scoliosis spine looks like on x-ray.

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All children ages 8 to 9 years and older are encouraged to be screened for scoliosis. The earlier the condition is picked up the better the condition is managed. It is incredibly important to seek treatment as early as possible, to start managing the condition for a better outcome. Even if the symptoms are noticed in late adolescence or adulthood, early treatment is advised .

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