In a person with scoliosis, the backbone or spine curves from side to side instead of being straigh...
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In a person with scoliosis, the backbone or spine curves from side to side instead of being straight. The area most commonly affected is the bones or vertebrae in the upper back. Scoliosis develops gradually. It is usually first noticed around puberty. Problems with the shape or formation of the vertebrae, legs of different lengths, and disease are all potential causes. A person with scoliosis may have uneven shoulders, hips, or waist; a hump on one side of the back; shoulder blades that stick out; back pain; or lean to one side. Treatment depends on severity. Some people with scoliosis are simply checked regularly. Others may wear braces and a molded plastic shell that slows down the curving process or undergo surgery.