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What is Scoliosis?

socliosis x-rayScoliosis is a lateral, or sideward, curvature of the spine. Normally, the spine curves backward in the chest area and forward in the waist area when looking at a person from the side. The curvature of the spine to one side or to both sides at different levels, is the condition known as scoliosis.

Scoliosis is not a disease, but it often appears in more than one member of a family of the same or different generations. It does not develop as a result of anything that a child or his parents did or did not do. It is a spinal disorder that usually appears during the early teen years, although it may appear in younger children as well.

One of the most common signs of scoliosis is a prominent shoulder blade, frequently the right one. One shoulder may also be higher and the child tends to lean to one side. The hips may be uneven and one seems to be higher than the other. Scoliosis should not be confused with poor posture. Scoliosis will not disappear as a child gets older. Very often the first indication of scoliosis is that there is something wrong with the fitting of clothes. This is very apparent in girls when observing the hem line of a skirt or dress. When a child with scoliosis bends forward, the appearance of a rib hump is one of the most striking signs.

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