Scoliosis Symptoms in Children
Scoliosis is usually not painful, but there are some visual signs that you may have scoliosis:
Your head seems off-center
One shoulder sits higher than the other
One shoulder blade is more pronounced than the other
Your hips look uneven
Your chest leans to one side
Your rib cage seems to stick out on one side, especially when you lean over
One arm seems to hang lower than the other
One leg seems longer than the other
What Degree of Curvature Is Concerning?
Some curves do not require any treatment. If your curve is less than 25 degrees, your doctor may simply monitor its progression as you grow. Your doctor may recommend bracing [link] if your curve is between 20 degrees and 45 degrees. You may need surgery [link] if bracing is not successful, if your curve continues to worsen while you still have a lot of growing to do, or if your curve measures 45 degrees or more in the thoracic spine (upper and middle parts of your back) or 35 degrees or more in the lumbar spine (lower part of your back).
Treatment is most successful when scoliosis is detected early. That’s why
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Methods of Diagnosing Scoliosis
Your doctor will look at your spine while you are in various positions, such as bending over, walking, or standing. If he or she suspects scoliosis, an X-ray can show the degree of curvature and help determine whether treatment is necessary. An MRI or CT scan is usually only prescribed if the curve pattern is unusual or if scoliosis is congenital, neuromuscular, or syndromic.
Thriving with Scoliosis (if we decide to add this here)
Check out our patient experiences section to read and watch videos about how other scoliosis patients like you live their lives and get through some of the challenges. There are also lots of peer-to-peer support groups, blogs, and other helpful organizations listed in our resources and support section. In general, know that you can usually continue all the activities you enjoy and live a full and active life with scoliosis.