What causes nonstructural scoliosis?

Nonstructural scoliosis is not caused by a spinal syndrome or disease. Instead, the curve associated with nonstructural scoliosis is typically caused by some underlying condition, like muscle spasms, appendicitis or a difference in leg length. Typically, the curve in cases of nonstructural scoliosis is only temporary, going away when the cause is resolved.

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Can scoliosis be inherited?
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Who is most at risk for scoliosis?
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What increases my risk for structural scoliosis?
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Can men also get scoliosis?
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