This 86-Year-Old Lady Lived With A Hunched Back For Decades. Then She Met An Awesome Yoga Teacher

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Image: New York Post
Image: New York Post

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.

Image: via Wikimedia Commons
Image: via Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Image: Wikimedia Commons/James Heilman, MD
Image: Wikimedia Commons/James Heilman, MD

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.

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