Scoliosis facts for kids
Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the human or animal spine has a sideways curve. The curve is usually S-shaped or C-shaped. In some, the curve is stable. In others, though, it increases over time. Mild scoliosis does not often cause problems. Severe cases, however, can interfere with breathing and can cause pain.
Diagnosis is often confirmed with x-rays.
Scoliosis usually occurs between ages 10 and 20. Males can be affected, although females are more often affected.
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A 14–15th century woman who had severe scoliosis, and died at about 35 years, Limburgs Museum Venlo
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