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Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. If your child has scoliosis, the view from behind may reveal one or more abnormal curves.

Doctors often don't know the cause of Scoliosis and every case is different. More girls than boys have severe scoliosis. Adult scoliosis may be a worsening of a condition that began in childhood, but wasn't diagnosed or treated. In other cases, scoliosis may result from a degenerative joint condition in the spine.

It is most common in older children or adults because Scoliosis seems to lie dormant for many years and becomes un-noticed until the age of 10 in some cases.Children with a more severe curve that continues to increase may require a brace, surgery or both. Childern who have the defect from birth ALWAYS end up haivin more severe cases - due to the fact that it is apparent earlier but the individual is too small for the major treatments to take place.

1. Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person's spine is curved from side to side

2. Pain is often common in adulthood, especially if the scoliosis is left untreated

3. www.scoliosis.org