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What are the types of spine curvature disorders?

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There are three main types of spine curvature disorders, including:

  • Lordosis. Also called swayback, the spine of a person with lordosis curves significantly inward at the lower back.
  • Kyphosis. Kyphosis is characterized by an abnormally rounded upper back (more than 50 degrees of curvature).
  • Scoliosis. A person with scoliosis has a sideways curve to their spine. The curve is often S-shaped or C-shaped.

From: Types of Spine Curvature Disorders WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Kyphosis (Roundback) of the Spine."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Kyphosis."

Cedars Sinai: "Swayback."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Achondroplasia."

Spineuniverse.com: "Spondylolisthesis: Back Condition and Treatment," "What Is Spinal Instrumentation and Spinal Fusion?"

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "What Is Osteoporosis?"

Brown, R. , 2001. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health: "Spina Bifida Information."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, "Scoliosis."

Nemours Foundation: "Scoliosis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Kyphosis (Roundback) of the Spine."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Kyphosis."

Cedars Sinai: "Swayback."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Achondroplasia."

Spineuniverse.com: "Spondylolisthesis: Back Condition and Treatment," "What Is Spinal Instrumentation and Spinal Fusion?"

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "What Is Osteoporosis?"

Brown, R. , 2001. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health: "Spina Bifida Information."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, "Scoliosis."

Nemours Foundation: "Scoliosis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 11, 2017

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