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Scoliosis is a disorder in which a person’s spine curves to either the right or left side of the body in an abnormal manner. The spine is naturally somewhat curved, but it should normally appear straight up and down when viewing it directly from the front. Scoliosis patients will have a moderate to severe curvature, with the twisted spine forming an “S” or “C” shape.
Development of scoliosis can happen at any age, but it is most common after the age of ten and is almost two times more likely to be found in girls rather than boys. Scoliosis affects about six million people in the U.S., but only a small percentage has a severe enough case to require extensive treatment.