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    Scoliosis shows up best when you bend forward - you may see a bulge in your back or one of your shoulders may be higher than the other.

    Common Signs & Symptoms

    • Your spine curves to one side when viewed from behind
    • One shoulder or hip may be visibly higher than the other
    • Your trunk is twisted and rib cage is higher on one side than the other
    • Your clothes do not hang properly
    • You may tend to lean to one side
    • With a significant scoliosis there may be problems such as ache and fatigue in the muscles of the back, problems breathing and rib pain


    If you think you may be suffering from Scoliosis, it's best for you to see your GP for an assessment of your spine, hibs, hips and shoulders.
    Scoliosis shows up best when you bend forward - you may see a bulge in your back or one of your shoulders may be higher than the other.
    Your GP may refer you to an orthopaedic specialist (a specialist in conditions that affect the skeleton) for further tests.
    You will usually be referred for an X-ray to confirm the diagnosis of scoliosis.
    Your X-ray will show the shape, direction, location and angle of your curve. The medical name for the angle of your spine curve is called the Cobb angle.
    In some cases, you may be referred for an MRI or CT scan.
    If you have nerve symptoms, you may be referred for a more advanced type of X-ray where a special dye is injected to highlight the area around your spine.

    Advice & Treatment

    Your treatment is determined by the severity of your curve and your symptoms:

    It's important to maintain control of your pain. Paracetamol is usually prescribed but anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, can be used. Just check with your doctor for hte best approach for you.
    If you are suffering from nerve irritation, a nerve block may be recommended. This is where a local anaesthetic is injected directly into the affected nerves - this usually gives short-term relief.
    If osteoporosis of your spine is contributing to your symptoms, medication and supplements will help strengthen your bones.
    It's not common to treat scoliosis with braces in adults, although they can provide pain relief.
    If one leg is longer than the other due to the curve of your spine and walking is painful, special shoe inserts called orthotics can help to correct your posture.
    It's important to keep your back muscles in good condition and some forms of exercise such as Pilates can help to keep your back strong and flexible.

    Surgery for scoliosis is usually only recommended in severe cases. This may include decompression surgery to remove the pressure of discs pressing on your nerves or spinal fusion with bone grafts and the insertion of metal rods, plates or screws.

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