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Symptoms of Scoliosis

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Symptoms of Scoliosis

Scoliosis is often found during a well-child checkup or school screening. A child with scoliosis may not have any symptoms yet. More severe curves may cause symptoms, such as:

  • Uneven shoulder blades
  • Uneven hip bones
  • Large shoulder blades or ribs on 1 side
  • Uneven waist
  • Appearance of leaning to 1 side
  • Tired muscles after sitting for a long time
  • Back pain
A Woman With Scoliosis.

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  • Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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