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What're the symptoms of scoliosis?

Scoliosis is usually painless. Often the curvature itself may be too subtle to be noticed, even by observant parents. In children and teens, scoliosis generally has no symptoms and is not obvious until the curve becomes large. Most cases of scoliosis are mild and require only observation (examination every 4 to 6 months) so that a doctor can see whether the curve is getting worse. Severe cases of scoliosis may require bracing or surgery. Bracing is usually successful in stopping the curve from getting worse, but it does not correct or straighten the spine. Surgery can provide some permanent correction. Back pain, leg pain, and changes in bowel and bladder habits are not commonly associated with idiopathic scoliosis. A person experiencing these types of symptoms requires further medical evaluation by a physician. The symptoms of scoliosis may resemble other spinal conditions or deformities, or may be a result of an injury or infection. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.


More information on scoliosis

What is scoliosis? - Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine. In most cases this curvature develops during childhood and adolescence.
What causes scoliosis? - Congenital scoliosis is caused by inborn spinal deformities that may result in the development of absent or fused vertebrae.
What're the symptoms of scoliosis? - The symptoms of scoliosis may resemble other spinal conditions or deformities, or may be a result of an injury or infection.
How is scoliosis diagnosed? - X-rays are the most cost-efficient method for diagnosing scoliosis. X-rays show the precise angles of curvature.
What is the treatment for scoliosis? - Most cases of idiopathic scoliosis are mild and require no treatment. Surgery may be recommended when the curve measures 50 degrees or more.
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