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A Woman With Scoliosis
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Scoliosis is often diagnosed during a routine well-child checkup or school screening. A child with scoliosis may not yet have any symptoms. More severe degrees of curvature may cause noticeable symptoms, such as:

  • Uneven shoulder blades
  • Uneven hip bones
  • Prominent shoulder blades or ribs on one side
  • Uneven waist
  • Appearance of leaning to one side
  • Muscle fatigue after sitting for a long time
  • Back pain

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2012 -
  • Update Date: 09/28/2012 -
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.aaos.org .

  • Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics . 10th ed. Mosby; 2003.

  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov .

  • Scoliosis Research Society website. Available at: http://www.srs.org .