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adolescent; scoliosis; spine; curvature; spinal; curve; bent ;

Viewed from the rear, the spine of someone with scoliosis may look more like an "S" or a "C", rather than a straight line. In most cases scoliosis is mild and does not require treatment. However, untreated severe scoliosis can cause back pain and breathing problems. More girls are affected than boys.


What causes scoliosis?

The cause of most scoliosis is not known. In some children there are other problems, such as an injury causing muscle spasm, an injury to the spine, unequal leg lengths or problems with muscle control (eg cerebral palsy) causing the sideways bend of the spine. If these can be treated the scoliosis will go away.

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Checking girls for scoliosis

Each year in July and August all schools in Australia are contacted and asked to give out to all girls in years 7 and 9, a 'Self detection brochure' telling their parents or carers how to check the girl's back to see if she has signs of scoliosis.

Further reading

Scoliosis Australia 

About scoliosis - causes, symptoms, treatment 

Self detection brochure 'Adolescent scoliosis - spinal curvature' 

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.

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