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Known risk factors include:
- Gender: More girls than boys are affected
- Family history of scoliosis
Scoliosis is a condition that causes your backbone to curve sideways. Often, the curve is in the shape of an S or C. Most often, scoliosis is discovered in a person’s late childhood or teen years.
The most common symptoms of scoliosis are leaning to one side and having uneven shoulders and hips.
Many people have mild scoliosis that does not require treatment, and some cases are temporary side effects of other health issues. Permanent scoliosis can be caused by a birth defect, a tumor, or any of several other conditions.
A doctor or nurse can detect scoliosis by examining your spine. Severe cases require surgery or a brace to hold the spine straight.