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