Scoliosis Signs & Symptoms
There may be signs and symptoms present that will help identify childhood scoliosis. Signs consist of things that other people, such as a parent or doctor, observe. Symptoms are things that the child feels and expresses.
FOR EXAMPLE, THE FOLLOWING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS MAY INDICATE THAT A CHILD HAS SCOLIOSIS:
- The child leans to one side.
- Clothing does not hang correctly and evenly on both sides.
- Head is not centered directly above the pelvis.
- One shoulder blade is more prominent and higher than the other when viewed from the back.
- One shoulder is higher than the other when viewed from the front or back.
- Ribs on one side are higher than on the other side.
- One hip sticks out more than the other.
- One hip is higher than the other.
- One leg seems longer than the other.
- Shortness of breath or chest pain (severe cases).
WHEN SCOLIOSIS OCCURS IN BABIES, ADDITIONAL SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE:
- When laying down, the baby’s body may consistently curve to one side.
- A bulge on one side of the chest.