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An illustration depicting an anterior view of the spine affected by scoliosis. Scoliosis is the abnormal curving of the spine typically seen in children, though it can develop in older adults who suffer from degenerative bone diseases such as osteoporosis. Depending on the severity and location of the curvature, treatments range from the use of a back brace to prevent further curving, or surgery to correct and straighten the spine.
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