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When Life Throws You Curves

When looking at a “normal” spine from the side, it is supposed to have a natural S-shaped curve that allows for an even distribution of weight, the ability to take on impact, and proper flexibility and movement of the spine. The cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (low back) should both have a lordotic C-shaped curve. The thoracic spine (mid-back) should have a kyphotic C-shaped curve opposite of the cervical and lumbar spine. However, if these curves become excessive, this is considered to be abnormal and should be addressed by a physician.

When it comes to looking at a “normal” spine from the back, it should be straight with each vertebrae stacked on top of one another. As the spine begins to deviate toward one side or the other, it will appear to have a lateral curvature. If this deviation progresses to a certain degree, it is referred to as a condition called Scoliosis.

Scoliosis is defined as the abnormal lateral curvature of the spine and affects about 2% of the American population (with some cases more severe than others). This condition can lead to poor biomechanics of the spine, as well as throughout the entire body. It may also be accompanied by persistent pain and/or discomfort around the spine.

As someone who suffers from this condition myself, I want to help you recognize the signs and symptoms that are commonly associated with Scoliosis. Some of these signs and symptoms include:

  • Uneven shoulders and/or hips

  • Twisted torso or ribcage

  • A bump/hump on one side of the back

  • Trouble standing up straight

  • Leaning toward one side

  • Different leg lengths

  • Dull ache around the spine

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, even when no physical activity is being done

  • Numbness, weakness, or pain in the legs

If you suspect that you or your child may have Scoliosis, it is important to seek help from a qualified professional who specializes in managing this condition. At Evolve Health & Wellness, we have experience helping those suffering from the symptoms associated with Scoliosis. If you have further questions about this condition and how we may be able to help, give us a call!

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