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Symptoms of Scoliosis

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A Woman With Scoliosis

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Scoliosis is often diagnosed during a routine well-child checkup or school screening. A child with scoliosis may not yet have any symptoms. More severe degrees of curvature may cause noticeable symptoms, such as:

  • Uneven shoulder blades
  • Uneven hip bones
  • Prominent shoulder blades or ribs on one side
  • Uneven waist
  • Appearance of leaning to one side
  • Muscle fatigue after sitting for a long time
  • Back pain
 

References:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.aaos.org .
  • Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics . 10th ed. Mosby; 2003.
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov .
  • Scoliosis Research Society website. Available at: http://www.srs.org .

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