What is structural scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves from side-to-side, appearing somewhat like the letters S or C. Scoliosis most often occurs to children in their middle to late childhood, usually before puberty. Scoliosis is broken down into two categories: structural and nonstructural. Structural is a fixed curve that is sometimes caused by an underlying condition or disease, but is more often caused by no determinable reason.

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How common is scoliosis?
Luke Macyszyn, MDLuke Macyszyn, MD
Scoliosis is not a very common disorder. In general, curvatures over 10 degrees occur in only about ...
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What is progressive scoliosis?
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Progressive scoliosis means that the curve in the spine is getting worse. In this video, Samuel Jose...
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Is structural scoliosis serious?
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Most cases of structural scoliosis, especially the mild ones, are not serious. However, severe cases...
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What does adolescent idiopathic scoliosis mean?
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Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis means a problem with the curve in the spine of a young person, and t...
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