Because the severity of scoliosis can vary from person to person, the symptoms
of scoliosis will vary in intensity. A curve of more than 20 degrees may
require treatment (conservative or eventually operative). Common signs
and symptoms include:
- Uneven shoulder blades; sometimes one shoulder blade will stick out further
than the other
- Head off center from the pelvis, along with an uneven alignment or asymmetrical-looking spine
- Unevenly aligned hips; one hip may be higher than the other
- Uneven rib cage
- Uneven waist
- Overall leaning to one side
- Difficulty breathing (especially in cases of severe congenital or neuromuscular
Mild cases of scoliosis usually go unnoticed, but if there is pain or visible
symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Pediatricians may note signs of possible scoliosis during a routine checkup.
These patients are usually referred to a specialist for further evaluation.