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Scoliosis is a condition that involves a lateral curvature of the spine greater than 10°; that is, the spine is bent sideways. It is incurable, but its natural course can be affected by treatments such as surgery or bracing.
Scoliosis curves greater than 10° affects 2-3% of the population. The prevalence of curves less than 20° is about equal in males and females. Curves greater than 20° affects about 1 in 2500 people. Curves convex to the right are more common than those to the left and single or ‘C’ curves are slightly more common than double or ‘S’ curve patterns. Girls are seven times more likely than boys to developing a significant, progressive curvature. More significant curves tend to develop between the ages of 10 and 16.
Scoliosis is often associated with other conditions such as neuromuscular disorders (e.g., cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, Friedreich’s ataxia); skeletal dysplasias; Marfan’s syndrome; neurofibromatosis; connective tissue disorders; and craniospinal axis disorders (e.g., syringomyelia).