Scoliosis definition

Scoliosis definition

What is Scoliosis?We have already been over where the word “idiopathic,” but what about the word “scoliosis?” What is its origin? If you’re scholarly book worms like us, this might interest you!

About Scoliosis and Common Treatment Options

This video is rather basic, but for those who are not yet familiar about what Scoliosis is, the summery in this video is fast and clear. The video further talks about the more conventional form of treatment; the brace and the surgery (both of which I myself was subjected to, however now I am told the brace is not a good idea).

The Scoliosis Video Transcribed

Scoliosis often presents itself or becomes more prominent during adolescent development. When viewed from the back, a healthy spine appears as a straight line. But when a person has scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, that person’s spine may be curved from side to side, front to back, and may even be rotated. On an x-ray, the spine may look more like an “S” or a “C” than a straight line.


Scoliosis Origins

Scoliosis means exactly, “an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine.” It also briefly mentions that the word comes from the Greek work “skoliosis,”meaning simply, a bending. Hippocrates, who laid the foundation for the Western medicinal treatment of the disease, coined the Greek word. Soon, its other connotations were crookedness and curved.


However, the modern word was first mentioned in the early 1700’s and originally took off from the connotations of skoliosis and was used to describe crookedness. Today scoliosis is the general term for the medical condition of a curved spine, whether it is affecting an adult or child. If you have back pain, or think that you have Idiopathic Scoliosis, please contact us and learn about Spinecor and the treatments we offer at Scoliosis Specialists.

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