Scoliosis is the lateral (sideways) curvature in the normally straight vertical line of the spine.



  • Uneven shoulders
  • One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
  • Uneven waist
  • One hip higher than the other
  • Back pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Prominent ribs

Tests may include:

  • Standing Scoliosis X-rays


  • Dependent on the degree of curvature and time of growth remaining, bracing may provide temporary correction.
  • Those with severe curvature may consider surgery.  The goal is to make sure the curve does not get worse.


  • Identify what type of scoliosis you have–
    • Congenital Scoliosis.  Caused by a bone abnormality present at birth.
    • Neuromuscular Scoliosis.  A result of abnormal muscles or nerves.  Frequently seen in people with spina bifida or cerebal palsy or in those with various conditions that are accompanied by, or result in, paralysis.
    • Degenerative Scoliosis.  This may result from traumatic (from an injury or illness) bone collapse, previous major back surgery, or osteoporosis.
    • Idiopathic Scoliosis.  The most common type of scoliosis.  There is no specific identifiable cause.
  • Provide detailed descriptions of the signs and symptoms, if any are present.
  • List of medical problems, including family history medical problems.
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