Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Normally, when looking at the spine it is in a straight line down the back however in scoliosis it curves to the right or left. Our spine has normal curvatures, for example in the lower back, but at these locations, the spine curves inward, not to the side.Most cases are mild and do not progress to the production of symptoms nor do they require treatment. This occurs in adolescents during growth spurts around the time of puberty and is particularly common in young girls. Starting around the fifth grade, most schools in the U.S. will begin annual screening of students for scoliosis.

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