The Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis

Overview

Scoliosis is a condition [1] that causes the spine to curve abnormally and is most common in persons approaching puberty when there’s a sudden growth spurt. This condition can occur due to some underlying diseases like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, but in most cases, the cause is unknown. Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that has no cure. If left untreated symptoms can deteriorate over time but their progression and severity can be minimized with an effective treatment plan. The main symptom of scoliosis is a bent or curved spinal cord. You should visit your doctor once you start to notice symptoms of scoliosis.

Usually, this condition starts to develop in prepubescent [2] and early teenage years, when growth hormones are highest. Although this condition can occur in both sexes, reports have shown that it is most common in girls. Some families have more than one member suffering from scoliosis. Other common symptoms include uneven shoulders and hips.

Health experts often recommend specific lifestyle practices to minimize symptoms and risks of this condition. A diet high in vitamin D is beneficial for patients to prevent complications and minimize the severity of symptoms. Common vitamin D-rich foods include milk, saltwater fish, eggs, cereal, and cod liver oil.

There is a common misconception that scoliosis prevents weight gain in prepubertal children. However, studies have shown children with low body weight are at significant risk of developing this condition.

There is no permanent [3] cure for scoliosis, but lifestyle changes and routine adjustments can help improve overall spinal alignment and posture. Chiropractors have been able to employ specific techniques to significantly decrease scoliosis-related pain. This special care coupled with the regular use of a brace can do wonders for this condition.

Here are seven signs and symptoms [4] that you are suffering from scoliosis: