Symptoms of Scoliosis

The symptoms of scoliosis may look like other spinal conditions or deformities, or it may be a result of an injury or infection. In addition, people of all ages can have scoliosis and it can run in families.

Physicians classify scoliosis curves as either:

  • Nonstructural: The spine is structured normally, and the curve is temporary.
  • Structural: The spine has a fixed curve, possibly caused by disease, birth defect, infection or injury.

The most common symptoms of scoliosis are:

  • Backache or lower back pain* accompanied by fatigue.
  • The shoulders or hips appear uneven.
  • The spine curves abnormally to one side.
  • The head isn't centered on the rest of the body.
  • When standing straight, the arms don't hang evenly beside the body.
  • When bending forward, the sides of the back appear to be different heights.

If you have back pain, leg pain, and changes in bowel and bladder habits, you should seek an immediate medical evaluation by your physician.