The scoop on scoliosis
Your spine is supposed to gently curve straight down the back, but sometimes it curves from side to side, making it difficult to balance or move properly. While no one knows for sure what causes one girl to get scoliosis and another girl to be A-OK, it’s a fairly common condition.
While a small curve isn’t cause for concern, a more defined “S” or “C” curve in your spine could probably use correction.
If your physician thinks you might need treatment for a curved spine, he’ll probably refer you to a doctor called an orthopedist. Orthopedists specialize in the skeletal system. Minor curves might just need to be watched to make sure they don’t become a problem. Your doc will probably take X-rays to keep track of it. If the curve is more pronounced, you might need a back brace or series of braces to help straighten your spine, or surgery.
According to kidshealth.org, 1 in 5 teens with scoliosis require a back brace to treat their condition
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