Early Signs of Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an acquired medical disorder that causes an “S” or “C” shaped sideways curve in a person’s spine. Experts believe that the root cause of scoliosis is due to environmental and genetic factors, although specific reasons are unknown. Scoliosis commonly occurs between the ages of ten and twenty. Although there is no clear reason why scoliosis happens, there are a few early warning signs that you can look out for.

Posture Abnormalities

The spinal vertebra helps settle the framework for the bones and joints. Scoliosis due to weak bones or abnormal posture has many early warning signs:

  • Uneven Shoulders
  • Spine is twisted in order to adjust to the bones. If someone is bending over parallel to the ground, an examiner can see a bulge on one side of the person
  • One hip is raised higher than the other
  • Waistline is unequal

Issues with posture are more observable in certain positions. Periodic physical examinations are advised in growing children to help ensure these early signs are spotted.

Difficulty Breathing

The area of the chest cavity decreases in advanced scoliosis because the spine pushes onto the chest bones. This directly affects the ability of lungs to properly expand during breathing. During early scoliosis these issues aren’t very noticeable. The difficulty of breathing substantially increases when the shift in spine curvature is significant.

Back Pain

Although scoliosis itself doesn’t cause pain, muscles in someone’s back could be more susceptible to painful spasms. Inflammation may also appear around tense muscles that can also lead to pain.

Reduced Range of Motion

Deformity from spinal twisting can increase rigidity. This can lessen the flexibility of the spine and its ability to bend.

Clothes Not Fitting Correctly

Clothes might not fit correctly during early scoliosis. A shirt can hang too much on one side and pants may fit unevenly. Usually a family member or friend can notice this if the individual doesn’t notice it himself.

Adolescents are more likely to develop scoliosis because of pre-pubertal growth spurts. Scoliosis has also been known to run in families. No true treatment exists for scoliosis, but measures can be taken to maintain the health of your body. Exercises and positions such as the upward and downward dog has been shown to help maintain the current state of scoliosis in your body. If the signs of scoliosis worsen, it’s recommended to visit a physician or spine expert.

At Marc Cohen Spine Institute, we specialize in treating adult back pain with the least invasive measures. If you feel that your scoliosis is worsening, or if your back pain is getting more intense, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at one of our New Jersey locations. Because early signs of scoliosis can be confused with bad posture, it has to be carefully monitored to ensure that it doesn’t worsen. Contact us to see what we can do to help.