Life with a curved spine

Kezia Wairimu is an MSc (Clinical Psychology) student at the University of Nairobi. 

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What you need to know:

  • Idiopathic scoliosis causes the spine to develop an abnormal S-shaped or C-shaped curve.
  • It is characterised by a side-to-side curvature of the spine, usually combined with a rotation of the vertebrae.
  • Idiopathic scoliosis is classified as infantile, juvenile, or adolescent, depending on the age at which it is first noted.

When Kezia Wairimu was 14, she developed idiopathic scoliosis, one of three different types of scoliosis that causes the spine to develop an abnormal S-shaped or C-shaped curve.

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