Friday, July 11, 2008

Scoliosis and the Gospel Pt.3

What can happen if scoliosis is left untreated? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, with...
Severe Scoliosis (over 70 degrees). If the curvature exceeds 70 degrees, the severe twisting of the spine that occurs in structural scoliosis can cause the ribs to press against the lungs, restrict breathing, and reduce oxygen levels. The distortions may also affect the heart and possibly cause dangerous changes.

And with...
Very Severe Scoliosis (Over 100 degrees). Eventually, if the curve reaches over 100 degrees, both the lungs and heart can be injured. Patients with this degree of severity are susceptible to lung infections and pneumonia. Curves greater than 100 degrees increase mortality rates, but this problem is very uncommon in America.

So in general, with more severe cases, scoliosis left untreated can be very dangerous. However most people with scoliosis simply experience back pain and social stigma (more on that tomorrow). For most, it comes down to a "quality of life" issue.

But what about sin? What happens if we leave sin "untreated"?
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In our world, we tend to think, I'm okay with a little sin in my life but God has something else to say about that...

Read about Savannah's Scoliosis
Scoliosis and the Gospel Pt. 1
Scoliosis and the Gospel Pt. 2
Scoliosis and the Gospel Pt. 4
Scoliosis and the Gospel Pt. 5

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