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 can scoliosis be prevented?
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There is no evidence that scoliosis can be prevented. The majority of scoliosis cases have no known ...
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Can I develop nonstructural scoliosis as an adult?
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In most cases where an adult is suffering from nonstructural scoliosis, the condition was likely pre...
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Is scoliosis serious for adults?
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If scoliosis is diagnosed in childhood, the curving of the spine-the hallmark of scoliosis-will like...
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What is early onset scoliosis?
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Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal condition that primarily affects children and adolescents in which th...
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