BROOKLYN - Scoliosis is a spinal condition that affects about 7 million Americans, and doctors say the first signs become apparent during adolescence.

Doctors say they don't know the exact cause of scoliosis, but there may be a genetic component. People with the condition have abnormal curves in their spine.

Sometimes patients need to wear a brace to keep the curves from progressing.

Dr. Brian Ouellette, a scoliosis specialist, says that sometimes scoliosis can progress when someone is wearing a brace.

In those cases, doctors can adjust the patient's ribcage or shoulders to straighten the spine.