Recognizing the symptoms of scoliosis

The most common symptoms of scoliosis — the spinal curvature or S-shaped spine — are not the only symptoms of this condition. Recognizing the other symptoms earlier can help you treat your scoliosis before the condition becomes debilitating.

Some of the other common 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
  • 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 are usually directly related to the severity of the condition.

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
  • Weakness in the muscle groups triggered by the 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, muscle conditioning, corticosteroid injections and more have proven effective for many patients.

If conservative treatments prove ineffective, however, 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. We offer minimally invasive stabilization surgery that is a safer and effective option than traditional open back fusion, and we can use this procedure to treat forms of adult scoliosis.

To see if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact our team at Laser Spine Institute today and request a review of your MRI or CT scan. We are here to help you find pain relief and regain your proper spinal alignment from the symptoms of adult scoliosis.