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January 01, 2009

If only the early warning signs of scoliosis were this obvious.

Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, is one of the most common types of spinal deformity. It can occur at birth, but is usually diagnosed between the ages of 10-15. The first indications may be subtle, and can include uneven shoulders or one hip higher than the other. A routine physical exam can often spot these first signs – and early detection is key to avoiding a severe deformity. These websites offer more information: orthoinfo.org, srs.org, posna.org, aap.org.

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