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Symptoms of Scoliosis

Scoliosis is often found during a well-child checkup or school screening. A child with scoliosis may not have any symptoms yet. More severe curves may cause symptoms, such as:

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

A Woman With Scoliosis

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Idiopathic scoliosis in children and adolescents. Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website. Available at: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/idiopathic-scoliosis-in-children-and-adolescents. Updated March 2015. Accessed July 24, 2019.

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Last reviewed June 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD  Last Updated: 7/24/2019