What are the symptoms of scoliosis?

Can be subtle. In many cases, the findings on a patient with even a large scoliosis curve can be subtle. This is in part why schools will screen for scoliosis. The most common findings are an asymmetry in the hips and pelvis, an elevation of one shoulder, and a rib hump, otherwise known as an asymmetric trunk rotation. Most adolescents have no symptoms at all unless they have really large curves. Thank you.
Scoliosis. Most mild and moderate scoliosis has no obvious symptoms except spine looks bending laterally. Paraspinal muscle tenderness and signs of spine root nerve irritated symptoms will happen in some cases. Some patients has apt to sustain back muscle sprain. In severe cases, respiratory function compromised would occur.
Typically none. For the majority of people this is picked up on physical exam & there are no symptoms if this is typical or idiopathic scoliosis. Some people may note some appearance changes with a large enough curve & if the curve involves the lower back, there can be an increased risk of pain due to effects on back mechanics. Certain other types curves develop because of tumors, infections or disc herniation.

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What are symptoms of scoliosis in teenagers?

Curve of the spine. Scoliosis is often asymptomatic. Generally the first sign of scoliosis is a curvature or asymmetry of the spine which is easiest to see on forward bending. Most teens do not complain of pain. More severe scoliosis may cause shortness of breath, low endurance or other signs of the internal organs being compressed by the spine. Read more...
Usually none- Sometimes one will note that a shoulder or hip area is higher than the other or the chest looks different. That is if the curve is of sufficient size or rotated. Otherwise, there are no symptoms with a typical idiopathic scoliosis unless severe and then it could affect lung and heart function. If there are symptoms, then look for a cause other than scoliosis & that may also be causing the curve. Read more...
Can be subtle. In many cases, the findings on a patient with even a large scoliosis curve can be subtle. This is in part why schools will screen for scoliosis. The most common findings are an asymmetry in the hips and pelvis, an elevation of one shoulder, and a rib hump, otherwise known as an asymmetric trunk rotation. Most adolescents have no symptoms at all unless they have really large curves. Thank you. Read more...
None usually. In children and teens, scoliosis typically does not cause symptoms and is not obvious until the curve of the spine becomes moderate or severe. Read more...

What symptoms characterize scoliosis?

Maybe none. Mild scoliosis, which is very common, may have no symptoms at all. However, back pain is the most common symptom when things aren't straight "back there". Read more...