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Scoliosis. Coloured X-ray of the torso of a 24-year-old woman with scoliosis, showing the curvature of her spine. This X-ray was taken in a frontal supine position, with restraint in the dorso-lumbar region. Scoliosis is a sideways twisting of the spine, leading to spinal curvature. The treatment of scoliosis depends on the cause. Treatment ranges from corrective back braces to surgical intervention to straighten the spine.
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