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What should I know about spine curvature disorder?

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The spine is made up of small bones called vertebrae stacked -- along with discs -- one on top of another. A healthy spine, when viewed from the side, has gentle curves to it. The curves help the spine absorb stress from body movement and gravity. When viewed from the back, the spine should run straight down the middle of the back. When abnormalities of the spine occur, the natural curvatures of the spine are misaligned or exaggerated in certain areas, as occurs with lordosis, kyphosis, and scoliosis.

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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