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What are symptoms of scoliosis in adults?

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In adults, scoliosis causes symptoms like these:

  • Uneven shoulders and/or hips
  • Bump in the lower back
  • Numbness, weakness, or pain in the legs
  • Trouble walking
  • Trouble standing up straight
  • Tired feeling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of height
  • Bone spurs -- bony bumps in the joints of the spine from bone and joint damage
  • Feeling full quickly while you eat. This is because your spine is putting pressure on your belly.

From: What Are the Symptoms of Scoliosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Boston Children's Hospital: "Congenital Scoliosis Symptoms Causes."

Cincinnati Children's: "Early Onset Scoliosis (Infantile Scoliosis)."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Scoliosis in Adults: An Overview."

Nemours Foundation: "Scoliosis."

Scoliosis Research Society: "Scoliosis."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Scoliosis Symptoms."

St. Louis Children's Hospital: "Scoliosis."

UCLA Health: "Adult Scoliosis."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "A Patient's Guide to Anatomy and Function of the Spine," "Degenerative Adult Scoliosis."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Boston Children's Hospital: "Congenital Scoliosis Symptoms Causes."

Cincinnati Children's: "Early Onset Scoliosis (Infantile Scoliosis)."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Scoliosis in Adults: An Overview."

Nemours Foundation: "Scoliosis."

Scoliosis Research Society: "Scoliosis."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Scoliosis Symptoms."

St. Louis Children's Hospital: "Scoliosis."

UCLA Health: "Adult Scoliosis."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "A Patient's Guide to Anatomy and Function of the Spine," "Degenerative Adult Scoliosis."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

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