Scoliosis, nonstructural
A structurally normal spine that appears to have a lateral curve (scoliosis). Nonstructural scoliosis involves a temporary change of spinal curvature. This is caused by an underlying condition such as a difference in leg length, muscle spasms, or inflammatory conditions, (e.g. appendicitis), which may produce muscle spasm. Correcting the underlying problem treats this type of scoliosis. The spine itself needs no treatment. Nonstructural scoliosis is also called functional scoliosis. This is in contrast to structural scoliosis in which there is a fixed curve of the vertebrae (the bones of the spine).

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Nonstructural scoliosis — A structurally normal spine that appears to have a lateral curve (scoliosis). Nonstructural scoliosis involves a temporary change of spinal curvature. This is caused by an underlying condition such as a difference in leg length, muscle spasms, or …   Medical dictionary

  • Scoliosis, functional — A structurally normal spine that appears to have a lateral curve (scoliosis). Nonstructural scoliosis involves a temporary change of spinal curvature. This is caused by an underlying condition such as a difference in leg length, muscle spasms, or …   Medical dictionary

  • Scoliosis, structural — A fixed lateral (sideway) curve of the spine. Structural scoliosis often occurs from unknown factors without reference to other physical problems (idiopathic scoliosis). It tends to affect girls during adolescence. Structural scoliosis can also… …   Medical dictionary

  • Functional scoliosis — A structurally normal spine that appears to have a lateral curve (scoliosis). Nonstructural scoliosis involves a temporary change of spinal curvature. This is caused by an underlying condition such as a difference in leg length, muscle spasms, or …   Medical dictionary

  • Structural scoliosis — A fixed lateral (sideway) curve of the spine. Structural scoliosis often occurs from unknown factors without reference to other physical problems (idiopathic scoliosis). It tends to affect girls during adolescence. Structural scoliosis can also… …   Medical dictionary

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