Overview: Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, is a common medical condition, affecting about 6 million people in the United States. In this Medically Speaking podcast, Dr. Daniel Gelb, an orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center and co-director of the University of Maryland Spine Program, explains how scoliosis is diagnosed and treated.

Dr. Gelb, who is also vice chairman and professor of orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, tells Karen Warmkessel that young people are commonly affected, but adults also can have this condition. Often, the cause is unknown. Treatment options include wearing a back brace to prevent the curvature from worsening or surgery to straighten the spine.