As June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month, BackPainRelief.net is shedding light on this mysterious condition that affects about 7 million Americans. Scoliosis is a spine deformity that causes the spine to curve to an abnormal degree, usually side to side. It can lead to a variety of different physiological issues and if left untreated can compromise the health of the victim.
Severe Scoliosis - Curvature of the Spine. My mother had polio when she was 16. At first it appeared that nothing happened to her as a result of the disease, but by the time she died, 74 years later, the scoliosis had changed her body drastically with severe scoliosis.
Scoliosis is derived from a Greek word meaning “curvature.” Affected individuals have an abnormal curvature of the spine. Usually the spine curves slightly to one side, causing one shoulder and hip to be higher than the other. If left untreated, the curve grows more exaggerated, causing unnatural spacing of the ribs. In extreme cases, heart and lung problems can develop.