This is just what happened to 86-year-old Anna Pesce from Orangeburg, New York. Over several decades, Pesce slowly developed a stance akin to a hunchback. The debilitating condition was due to a combined diagnosis of scoliosis, osteoporosis and a herniated disc.
Scoliosis results in an “S”- or “C”-shaped curvature of the spine, while osteoporosis is a common ailment where bones become weaker and so more likely to snap. Combined with the herniated disc – when the soft center of ligaments joining the vertebrae try to punch through a torn outer layer – they all caused a permanent stoop to Pesce’s posture and an incredible amount of pain.
While osteoporosis has no remedy – though measures can be taken to prevent further deterioration – scoliosis and herniated discs can be treated with surgery and physical therapy. But although Pesce had tried every option available to her, the pain persisted.