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What are the common symptoms of scoliosis (curvature of the spine)

If a child develops scoliosis it can be difficult to spot as they might not be in any pain. Look for signs of their body shape changing, such as one shoulder becoming higher than the other, a lean to one side, or their clothes hanging incorrectly. Many cases of scoliosis become apparent during the adolescent growth spurt (10 to 14 years)

For adults, scoliosis not only changes the physical appearance but you’ll experience pain in your back too. The strongest pain will be at the point where the spine is curving, and the surrounding muscles will feel sore and tender.

You may find you’re in constant pain, or it may feel worst if you are standing or sitting and less painful when lying down. You might also have sciatica, when the pain radiates from your spine to your hips, legs or arms. Scoliosis can also cause incontinence, numb legs and erectile dysfunction.

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