If you're not familiar with medical language (and the Greek/Latin words from which medical language is often constructed), it can sometimes be difficult to work out what people are talking about when they refer to different forms of scoliosis.
As we've seen time and time again here on the Scoliosis SOS blog, there are numerous different terms and pieces of jargon used to describe curvatures of the spine, and one thing we aim to do in our blog posts is decode these terms and help everyone to understand the topic at hand.
Today, we'd like to take a look at levoconvex scoliosis.
What does 'levoconvex' mean?
Levoconvex scoliosis is a type of scoliosis where the spine curves to the left. It can develop on its own during adolescence (see idiopathic scoliosis), or it may occur as the result of another condition.
As previously explained in our Dextroscoliosis vs. Levoscoliosis article, the term levo- simply means 'left'. Levoscoliosis curves to the left, whereas dextroscoliosis curves to the right.
The term levoconvex scoliosis actually means more or less the same thing as levoscoliosis - it's just a slightly more specific way of saying it. Adding the word 'convex' merely clarifies that it's the outer (convex) edge of the curve that's on the left.
Convex vs. concave
Every curve has a convex side and a concave side. 'Convex' refers to the outside of the curve, and 'concave' to the inside.
If a doctor describes your spinal curve as 'levoconvex', it means that the convex side of the curve is on the left. In other words, the spine curves to the left.
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