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When should you see a doctor for scoliosis?

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See your doctor if you or your child has back pain, uneven shoulders or hips, or any other symptoms of scoliosis. Sometimes they can be hard to tell apart from other conditions that affect the spine. An exam can show what's causing the problems.

Some schools routinely test for scoliosis. Your child's doctor should also test for it during regular exams.

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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