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How can I tell that my scoliosis is getting worse?

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Dr. Keith Baldwin
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: X ray

A pa x ray is the only way to reliably tell the degree to which the scoliosis is getting worse.
Although a rib hump or prominence of the shoulder blades are clinical clues.

In brief: X ray

A pa x ray is the only way to reliably tell the degree to which the scoliosis is getting worse.
Although a rib hump or prominence of the shoulder blades are clinical clues.
Dr. Keith Baldwin
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
x-rays have been the standard
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Several ways

You might see more deformity.
If you bend over (like touching your toes), a family member or friend can look at the surface of your spine and look at the difference between right and left. Increasing prominence would indicate worsening scoliosis. Adults might notice loss of height. You may see a difference in the way your clothes fit.

In brief: Several ways

You might see more deformity.
If you bend over (like touching your toes), a family member or friend can look at the surface of your spine and look at the difference between right and left. Increasing prominence would indicate worsening scoliosis. Adults might notice loss of height. You may see a difference in the way your clothes fit.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: X-ray

Comparing a recent X-ray with one done earlier will tell it it is getting worse.
Some people will also check if their height is decreasing as well, which would be another sign it is getting worse.

In brief: X-ray

Comparing a recent X-ray with one done earlier will tell it it is getting worse.
Some people will also check if their height is decreasing as well, which would be another sign it is getting worse.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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