Scoliosis, the abnormal curvature of the spine, affects about two to three percent of the population, or about seven million people in the United States alone, according to the National Scoliosis Foundation. The scoliosis symptoms that these individuals experience vary depending on the severity of their condition. Often, however, mild forms of scoliosis present no symptoms and the condition can sometimes go undetected until it has progressed.
While scoliosis symptoms are not always obvious, there are several common signs that indicate a person may have the condition. These include:
- Uneven shoulders or waist
- Protrusion of the shoulder blade on one side of the body
- Excessive leaning to one side
- Legs that appear to be uneven
- Severe back pain and difficulty breathing in extreme cases
Routine screenings should be conducted on children and adolescents to detect the condition before it worsens. While there is currently no cure for scoliosis, steps can be taken to correct existing spinal curvatures and alleviate the pain associated with them.
If you have noticed one or more of these scoliosis symptoms in yourself or your child, it is important that you promptly schedule an appointment with a physician who is able to give an accurate diagnosis. Early detection is key in combating scoliosis, as debilitating symptoms can manifest if the condition goes untreated. The physicians and surgeons at Tampa General Hospital are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis in children and adults alike.