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Idiopathic scoliosis is a type of spinal curvature that causes sideways curvature of the spine and the cause of this curvature is unknown.Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common spinal problem and usually begins in adolescence or late childhood.This type of scoliosis can affect people of many different ages and genders. Here is more information about idiopathic scoliosis:

– Definition: Idiopathic scoliosis refers to a curvature of the spine of unknown cause.In other words, it is a type of spinal curvature that cannot be associated with another health problem or cause. The most common type of idiopathic scoliosis is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, i.e. scoliosis that begins during adolescence.

– Age of onset: Idiopathic scoliosis can start at different ages.Infantile idiopathic scoliosis is seen in children under 3 years of age, while adolescent idiopathic scoliosis may begin during adolescence or at a younger age.- Gender: Idiopathic scoliosis is more common in girls than boys.The majority of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis affects girls.

– Symptoms: Symptoms of idiopathic scoliosis may include uneven shoulders, a pronounced hunched back, back pain, fatigue and a noticeable curvature of the spine.

– Diagnosis: Idiopathic scoliosis is diagnosed by physical examination and radiological imaging (X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging). The degree, type and location of scoliosis are determined by these tests.

– Treatment: Treatment of idiopathic scoliosis may vary depending on the severity of the curvature, age and general health status of the patient. In mild cases, close follow-up, physical therapy and exercises may be recommended. In more advanced cases, the use of a back brace or surgical intervention may be required.

– Natural Course: The course of idiopathic scoliosis may vary from person to person. Early diagnosis and treatment is important in cases with potential for progression. During the growth period, the progression of scoliosis is tried to be stopped.

The exact cause of idiopathic scoliosis is still unknown, but genetic factors are thought to play a role. Treatment of this type of scoliosis requires a multidisciplinary approach and should be planned according to the patient’s specific condition.

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