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Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a disease that in uncurable but can be treated. It often affects children between the ages of seven and ten.

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Characteristics

  • Lateral curvature of the spine.

Victims

  • One in 10 persons will have Scoliosis. Two to three persons in every 1000 will need active treatment for a progressive condition. In one out of every 1000 cases, surgery may be necessary.
  • Eighty percent of Scoliosis] have unknown causes or idiopathic[?]
  • Scoliosis appears genetic and affects more girls than boys.

Symptoms

  • prominent shoulder blade
  • uneven hip and shoulder levels
  • unequal distance between arms and body
  • clothes that do not "hang right."
  

Treatment

  • Spinal curvature is best dealt with when a young person's body is still growing and can respond to treatments, such as a body brace. Mild cases may not need treatment, but must be monitored.



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