Do you know scoliosis? [Archives:2005/853/Health]

June 23 2005

Everyone's spine has natural curves. These curves round our shoulders and make our lower back curve slightly inward. But some people have spines that also curve from side to side. Unlike poor posture, these curves can't be corrected simply by learning to stand up straight. This condition of side-to-side spinal curves is called scoliosis. On an X-ray, the spine of an individual with scoliosis looks more like an “S”” or a “”C”” than a straight line. Some of the bones in a scoliotic spine also may have rotated slightly