Scoliosis Symptoms

Scoliosis Symptoms

Your spine has a natural forward and backward curve, which helps strengthen it.

But in scoliosis, your spine also develops a side-to-side curve. This can range between 10 and 100 degrees, depending on the severity of the condition. Mild cases of scoliosis are often symptomless and go unrecognized, but more severe cases can cause an abnormal appearance, as well as symptoms like pain and discomfort.

Wondering how to recognize scoliosis in yourself or in others? In this blog from Vidan Family Chiropractic, we’ll go over the top six most common symptoms of scoliosis. Learn more about this spine disorder now and if you need scoliosis treatment in St. Louis, reach out to our office.

Uneven Shoulders

If you stand completely upright and notice that one of your shoulders is higher than the other, this is an indicator of scoliosis. In addition to having uneven shoulders, one of your shoulder blades may look larger and stick out from your back more than the other.

Uneven Waist

Another common sign of scoliosis is having an uneven waist. If you have one hip that’s higher than the other when you stand completely upright, this is a sign of abnormal spinal curvature that may be caused by scoliosis.

One Side Of The Ribs Juts Forward

Scoliosis can also make one side of your ribs or your chest more prominent than the other side. This may cause issues with how clothes fit, in some cases.

Prominence On One Side Of The Back When Bending Over

In some cases, you may notice a prominence or “hump” on one side of your back. This may not be noticeable normally, but becomes more apparent if you bend over.

Back Pain And Core Weakness/Imbalance

People with scoliosis tend to have a higher risk of developing back pain. Back pain can be caused by lots of different things, but in people with scoliosis, it’s often caused by core weakness and imbalance.

If you have scoliosis, the muscles on one side of your body will tend to be stronger, since they're trying to make up for the curve in your spine. This can lead to a core imbalance, where the muscles on the opposite side of your body are weaker. This imbalance may lead to back pain, and other issues like an inability to stand up straight with good posture.

Leg Pain, Numbness, Or Weakness

In some cases, scoliosis can cause pressure on the nerves of the lumbar spine. This results in weakness, numbness, or even pain in the legs. This is not too common, but is more likely to occur in people with severe scoliosis in their lower back.

Need Help With Scoliosis? Come To Vidan Family Chiropractic Today!

If you have scoliosis, Dr. Alex Vidan and the team at Vidan Family Chiropractic can help you manage your symptoms, eliminate pain, and get the relief you need to live your day-to-day life. Don't wait. If you’re struggling with scoliosis in St. Louis, you can contact us online or give us a call at 314-210-6556 to schedule a consultation and learn more about our scoliosis treatment options.

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