Scoliosis in Musicians and Dancers
Traditionally scoliosis (Ancient Greek; ‘bending’) is a condition in which the spine is curved from side to side. On x-ray, viewed from the rear, the spine of an individual with scoliosis may be shaped like an ‘S’ or a ‘C’ rather than straight. In the performing artist, the classification becomes more complicated. Simplistically, an ‘S-shaped’ curve is compensated whilst a C-shaped curve is not, requiring the pelvis to be tilted. Sometimes scolioses viewed from front to back are even more complicated, an S adjacent to a C, for example, which would also be uncompensated. Once local disease of the hip is excluded, an uncompensated scoliosis is one of the commonest causes of a slight difference in the leg length.
KeywordsIdiopathic Scoliosis Thoracic Spine Spinal Pain Joint Hypermobility Ballet Dancer
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