I first became aware of my condition when I was 15 years old.
My mother was constantly pointing out a strange hump on one side of my back, and I was constantly dismissing it. (I have always been overweight, so I assumed it was fat.)
She continued persisting until I decided to go to the doctors and ask for an x-ray. Just a few days later I received my results – scoliosis.
I had no idea what it meant, nor was I aware how it would impact my life in the years to come.
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is “an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine”. In simple terms: instead of your spine being straight, it’s bent or curved. The severity can vary person to person, and it’s estimated that between one and four per cent of the population have it.
There are no specific known causes for scoliosis, meaning that it’s possible for anyone to have the condition. There are different types of scoliosis, although the most common is Adolescent Idiopathic scoliosis – occurring during adolescence and being associated with growth.
I wasn’t really provided with much information from my GP at the time, so I carried on with life. I had occasional back pain, but nothing I thought was out of the ordinary. In the following years, I started having issues. I noticed that sitting down in class for long periods of time would make my back feel extremely stiff and sore.
Believing it was normal to feel this way, I ignored the pain. I had convinced myself that I was overreacting. This went on, and weeks turned into months without improvement.