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Diagnosing Scoliosis: Common Symptoms and Treatments

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Scoliosis affects approximately five out of every 1,000 people worldwide. This long-term, chronic disease causes an abnormal curvature of the spine. Typically, the spine will curve to one side rather than forming a straight line down the middle of your back. This abnormal spine formation is due to the vertebra twisting around one another in a stacked corkscrew manner.

Even though most of us have a spine with a natural curve; those with scoliosis have a spine that curves too much–forming an exaggerated “C” or “S” shape—when they turn to the side. Scoliosis usually affects children—with those 3-years old and under experiencing infantile scoliosis, children 4 to 10-years old developing juvenile scoliosis, and those age 11 to 18- years afflicted by adolescent scoliosis.  And for some unexplainable reason girls are prone to scoliosis more than boys.

Here are the most common symptoms of scoliosis as well as treatments for this chronic spinal condition…

1. Back Pain

For most scoliosis patients, the disease is not severely painful, only troublesome. However, in some cases, scoliosis can produce back pain, particularly in the low back. If you do experience intense back pain, talk to your doctor you may have another underlying condition.

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