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09-10-2012, 05:18 PM
My yoga teacher noticed that I am always standing with my knees bent and she wants me have my legs straight. I have to make a conscious effort to keep my legs straight. Is keeping your legs bent a typical scoliotic posture or I just have a bad habit?

09-10-2012, 07:47 PM
Hi Irina...

If you straighten your legs, do you have a tendency to bend forward slightly? If so, you probably have some sagittal imbalance. It's very common, when one has lower back pain, to lean forward slightly, to unload the painful part of the spine. When you've done that for any length of time, it becomes difficult, or even impossible, to straighten up again. Then, to keep looking forward, you bend the hips and knees. It is fairly common in us "older" patients.


09-10-2012, 10:19 PM
Yes, Linda, I lean forward. I just never paid attention to my knees. Actually, straightening them up causes more discomfort and it feels like ribs are pushing my pelvis bone even harder. I guess that's why I unconsciously lean forward and bend my knees.

09-11-2012, 01:59 AM
You are bending your knees as compensation to right your body upright so that you don't fall over. It brings your hips more posterior so that they are over your heels. Linda is right on with her answer. I looked up sagittal imbalance on google.com last week and found lots of very interesting info. The reason that I was looking itup as I do the opposite, that is, I lean backwards which may be saggital imbalance is in the opposite direction from yours?? Linda, what do you think??? Susan

09-11-2012, 04:13 PM
Another odd thing in my posture that I just discovered in yoga classes, is that when I am told to stand straight, my right foot is always forward. I didn't even realize I was doing it. I have to look down at my feet to make sure they are parallel. It's probably because I have severe shift to the right with 70TL and 40L and I am so off balance.

I wonder if these bent knees and tendancy to put right foot forward will go away after the surgery or that is something I'd have to work on anyway. When people say they have good posture post-op - do they refer to staight back only or standing tall and strong without bending knees?

09-12-2012, 07:01 PM
I can answer your question! After my first scoliosis surgery, I developed a sagittal imbalance due to poor surgical technique. My symptoms were exactly as you describe. I leaned forward with bent knees, and bent hips. It was very fatiguing for my legs and back. After my revision, I was able to stand straight and tall with no bent knees or hips because my body did not have to compensate anymore. My surgeon was able to add some lordosis in the lumbar spine with an osteotomy and properly balance my spine. After your surgery, you should be able to stand nice and straight!

09-13-2012, 09:28 PM
I have a similar situation, but a different posture than you do. For about the last five years, I find myself standing with my heel of my left foot off the ground and only the ball of that foot on the ground. This seems to keep me from leaning to the left. I notice this when standing in the kitchen, changing clothes, whenever stationary, I am guessing. I, too, am hoping for better balance after surgery. All the best, Angie