Idiopathic Scoliosis | Symptoms and Causes

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What are the symptoms of idiopathic scoliosis?

During a child’s growth spurt, small curves often go unnoticed but when a child hits adolescence the symptoms and signs of idiopathic scoliosis become more noticeable, such as:

  • uneven shoulders
  • one shoulder blade protruding more than the other
  • prominence of the ribs on one side
  • Uneven waistline
  • Difference in hip height

Often, idiopathic scoliosis is first discovered during a school screening or pediatric checkup, since adolescents frequently wear loose-fitting clothes. If your pediatrician suspects scoliosis, he or she may recommend an evaluation by a pediatric orthopedic or spinal specialist.

What causes idiopathic scoliosis?

There is no definite cause of idiopathic scoliosis or a way to prevent the spine’s failure to grow as straight as it should. Heredity may play a part, but no one genetic link has been confirmed.

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