Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease," because most of the time, bone loss occurs without any symptoms at all. But when osteoporosis becomes severe, it can lead to fractures and a condition called kyphosis. Kyphosis is spinal compression, sometimes described as the "dowager's hump." Both fractures and kyphosis can be very painful. This pain is usually more severe than the typical "aches and pains" many people feel as they get older.
small curves are more common than moderate or severe curves. About 10 out of 100 children who
are diagnosed with scoliosis require treatment (either bracing or
Scoliosis tends to run in families.
Children-especially daughters-of women who have scoliosis are at increased risk
for having scoliosis.1
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diseases and injuries of the spine. In HB Skinner, ed., Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Orthopedics, 4th ed., chap. 5, pp. 255-269.
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Scoliosis section of Spine and pelvis. In Practice of Pediatric Orthopedics,
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