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Can you share your experiences with curvature of the spine in Horn players?

Question:
Do any of you have any experience with curvature of the spine in Horn players? Our doctor doesn't think that prolonged posture as in holding he horn can lead to a curved spine (between the shoulders), but I know that the curvature wasn't there a couple of years ago and is there now. It's subtle but definitely there; it looks like this:

x x x x x x x x x

Is this common? Has anyone else seen it? Can sitting with the shoulders twisted to the left help to correct it?


Answer:
Are you speaking about scoliosis? It is not clear to me whether you mean a lateral (right to left) or a tangential (back to front) curvature. A lateral curvature is called a scoliosis. The back to front (abnormal) curvature is called lordosis. In adults it is as far as I know untreatable, but a mild scoliosis will probably give little trouble. See : http://home.earthlink.net/~ifc/scoliosis.html

Your doctor is probably right in stating that playing the horn is not the cause of your scoliosis. You will do wise to consult a doctor specialized in scoliosis (if this is what you have). Go to one of the larger hospitals. He/she may advice regular check-ups to see wheter it gets worse. Children with a beginning scoliosis wear braces (stiff plastic corsets) day and night to prevent the scoliosis from developing (reducing the scoliosis is not possible I believe) until they are fully grown. A severe scoliosis may lead to motor problems and sometimes back pain (this varies a lot). Only in extreme cases an operation is indicated in which part of the spinal colunm will be fixed.



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