Common Scoliosis Symptoms, Edina

What are the most common symptoms of scoliosis

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Scoliosis is often accompanied by symptoms such as pain, but sometimes it is not until curves become large that symptoms appear.  That is why early detection and intervention is so critical.

Conventional wisdom is that scoliosis in children and adolescents does not normally cause pain, but recent research shows that contention to be false.  According to a study published in the journal Spine in 2016, spinal pain around the apex (peak) of the curve is common among adolescents with scoliosis.  Adults have long been known to experience pain in and around their spinal curves. Because scoliosis causes accelerated degeneration in the spine and degeneration, in and of itself, can cause pain, adults with scoliosis tend to see a progressive increase in pain as they age.

  • Scoliosis can cause pain in any area of the spine where there are curves.
  • Adults more commonly have pain, but children are also commonly affected.
  • The larger the curves, the more pain is associated.
  • People with scoliosis also commonly experience muscle spasm, degeneration and arthritis in spinal joints.
  • In severe cases of scoliosis people can experience heart, lung and even digestive issues.

The pain that is commonly associated with scoliosis can often be treated with a combination of conservative measures such as exercise, traction, and bracing.  As curves are improved and progression halted patients experience less pain, muscle spasm and a host of other symptoms.

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