Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve to the left or to the right, or even turn. It can happen slowly or quickly, during a growth spurt.

Most schools check for this condition by having kids bend over, like getting ready to dive in a pool. This shows the nurse how straight the spine looks.

If there is a curve, the doctor will test how far you can bend and take xrays. When the curve is small or the spine is almost done growing, the doctor might not have to do anything.

For a large curve or a curve that is moving, a brace is the usual treatment. If the brace doesn't fix the problem, doctors can do surgery to help.

National Scoliosis Foundation: Adolescent and Teen Forum
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Place to share questions, concerns and information. Topics include Waiting and Watching, Bracing, and Surgery.
Scoliosis
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Provides information on the causes and the different treatments available.
Scoliosis Can Be Treated
[ Kids/Teens ] Find out more about this disorder, how to detect it, and what corrective surgery is like.
Scoliosis SOS Clinic
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] Explores treatment options, and identifies potential problems with both bracing and operation treatments.
SpineUniverse: Kid's Planet
[ Kids/Teens ] Learn about different kinds of back and spine conditions, treatments, and how to protect your back. Ask a nurse questions or play games.
Understanding Scoliosis
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] In-depth information about diagnosis and treatment options, including observation, bracing and surgery. Features animations on spinal anatomy and surgery.
Young Women's Health: Scoliosis
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Explains the causes of scoliosis, who gets it, the diagnosis, and treatment.
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