What is scoliosis?

UCSF Radiologist Dr. Dillon describes what scoliosis is how it is found in the UCSF spine imaging center.
 
Scoliosis is the curvature of the spine and occurs for a variety of reasons. Most commonly in young girls is called congenital scoliosis so there is abnormal development of a vertebral body creating a curve in the spine. Muscular imbalance can get worse overtime, occasionally it stays the same, but in some young teens it gets worse over time. They have to be treated with a brace or an operation which stabilize the spine with internal roads in place. However, this puts stress on certain joints over time and there are degenerative changes in patients with scoliosis. 

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