Yes it is a curvature of the spine. Not just a curvature but also a rotation. Imagine stretching out a slinky and then coiling it tighter. What happens? It curls around itself. In aggressive cases it can be lethal as the curling effect means that your heart, lungs, and liver are targets from the pressure of the twisting spine. It doesn't hurt at first but as the case worsens it can be quite painful. However, back braces make for amusing punching bags or a great Tarzan impression. And yes, the PE dressing room is a bitch. Some view the braces (depending on what kind you have) as a cage or a corset with poor AC. Destroying said braces is quite cathartic. Was diagnosed and treated with braces at age nine and operated on at age 15. And again at 17 when the rods were causing severe inflammation.
Sarah: So you got scoliosis? How many Victor Hugo references have you gotten today?
Rachel: Four Victor Hugo and one Mr Hyde. The next person to call me Quasimodo is getting a fork in the eye....
Sarah: Oh come Igor, don't be such a sour puss.
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