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Due to the abnormal alignment of the spine in scoliosis, the body may be shifted to one side of the other, the shoulders may be of unequal heights, there may be an associated rib hump and, occasionally, the person may lean forward too much.
The spinal curvature and rotation of scoliosis affect the body. In this video, Samuel Joseph, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, describes the anatomical effects as well as symptoms of scoliosis, including pain.
Scoliosis causes the spine to appear as a wavy curve, somewhat like the letters S or C. In mild cases, the worst effect of scoliosis may be a sore back and stiffness from prolonged sitting or standing. In more severe cases of scoliosis, the curve of the spine may become so extreme that it limits the space in the chest cavity, causing breathing problems. If scoliosis is not treated, arthritis and chronic back pain may be present in adulthood.
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