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.