Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that usually occurs in adolescents and develops in the upper back or in the area between the upper back and lower back. Most cases of scoliosis have no known cause and may go unnoticed until the curve has significantly progressed. For adolescents, scoliosis treatment typically includes simple observation and/or the use of back braces that are designed to stop the curve. A corrective surgery from the anterior or posterior of the spine is usually only recommended for adolescents with curves that are more than 40 to 45 degrees and progressing.

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