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Curvature of the Spine Overview

Another name for Curvature of the Spine is Scoliosis.

What is scoliosis?
A person with scoliosis has an abnormally curved spine. The abnormal curvature occurs as a person grows during adolescence. In most cases, there is no underlying cause for scoliosis. About 2 out of every 100 people have scoliosis.

What are the symptoms of scoliosis?
The main symptom of scoliosis is an abnormally curved spine that results in one shoulder appearing lower than the other. Symptoms of severe scoliosis may include back pain, fatigue, and difficulty breathing during exercise.

How does the doctor treat scoliosis?
Treatment for scoliosis may include a back brace, surgery, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Sep 24, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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