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Scoliosis (cont.)

Scoliosis Causes

In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown (what doctors call idiopathic). The other of cases fall into two groups:

  • Nonstructural (functional): This type of scoliosis is a temporary condition when the spine is otherwise normal. The curvature occurs as the result of another problem. Examples include one leg being shorter than another, from muscle spasms due to injury, or from abdominal problems such as appendicitis.
  • Structural: In this type of scoliosis, the spine is not normal. The curvature is caused by another disease process such as a birth defect, muscular dystrophy, metabolic diseases, and connective tissue disorders such as Marfan's syndrome.
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