Recognizing the symptoms of scoliosis

Recognizing the symptoms of scoliosis (the spinal curvature or S-shaped spine) early can help you treat your scoliosis before the condition becomes debilitating. Some of the common physical symptoms to look for when recognizing scoliosis are unevenness of the shoulders or waist, a hip that is out of line with the other, a prominent shoulder blade and a noticeable change in gait or walk.

These symptoms develop as the spine begins to curve and creates unevenness on one side of the body. While these symptoms may sometimes go unnoticed, they may gradually develop and worsen over time without treatment. In fact, the seriousness of the scoliosis symptoms is usually directly related to the severity of the condition. To learn about the neural symptoms associated with this condition as well as the treatments available for lasting relief, read the following article.

Pain symptoms caused by scoliosis

In addition to the physical symptoms of scoliosis, there are often neural symptoms of the condition that can cause even more problems than the physical deformity. Scoliosis is often accompanied by the following symptoms of nerve compression:

  • Localized pain
  • Pain that shoots or travels the length of a pinched nerve
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • A reduction in sensation in the extremities
  • Muscle weakness triggered by a compressed nerve

Treatment for adult onset or degenerative scoliosis

In many cases, the symptoms of adult-onset scoliosis can be treated without surgery. Conservative treatment methods such as physical therapy, pain medication, chiropractic care, muscle conditioning, and corticosteroid injections have proven effective for many patients. However, if conservative treatments prove ineffective after several weeks or months, then surgery may become an option.

If you have been diagnosed with adult onset scoliosis, be sure to research the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute and contact our dedicated team with any questions or concerns you may have about our procedures. To treat forms of adult scoliosis, we offer minimally invasive stabilization surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back fusion.^

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. To determine if you are a candidate for our outpatient surgery, reach out to Laser Spine Institute and request a free MRI review.* We are here to help you find pain relief and regain your proper spinal alignment from the symptoms of adult scoliosis.