Friday, May 17, 2013

Why Does My Scoliosis Cause My Back To Hump?

First, you must know the definition of scoliosis. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. Let’s review some anatomy of vertebrae. Vertebrae are the spinal bones that make up the spine. For example, 12 vertebrae make up your thoracic and dorsal spines. They look like this:
Here is what the spine looks like from front, the side and the back

 Ok, so why does my spine ‘hump’ on one side because of my curvature? In the mid-body or thoracic spine, the ribs attach to the transverse processes on each side. Ribs aren’t just straight out, they are curved.

When we have curvature this makes the ribs protrude out in the back. The reason is because when the spine is twisted, vertebrae rotate. Hence, with a big spinal curvature (scoliosis) you will get rib humping.

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