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What are the symptoms of scoliosis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Scoliosis causes the spine to appear as a wavy curve, somewhat like the letters S or C. In mild cases, the worst effect of scoliosis may be a sore back and stiffness from prolonged sitting or standing. In more severe cases of scoliosis, the curve of the spine may become so extreme that it limits the space in the chest cavity, causing breathing problems. If scoliosis is not treated, arthritis and chronic back pain may be present in adulthood.

Symptoms of scoliosis aren't always that obvious. One symptom is that the shoulders are not level, with one being higher than the other. Another is having one hip sticking out more than the other, or the ribs might be sticking out. These are all symptoms of scoliosis and clues that a person might have it.

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