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Scoliosis is where the spine curves sideways. This is usually noted in adolescence. With teenagers, we can have a baseline assessment with x rays and monitor for increased curvature during growth stages. Mostly the cause is unknown and most cases are mild, however they can give discomfort and pain.


For adults - management is key. You might not feel any pain, it might be more cosmetic (i.e. noticing the uneven heights of your shoulders or hips) or you may have discomfort in certain regions - strengthening + stretching can help to alleviate symptoms. 


Symptoms of scoliosis include

  • Uneven shoulder heights

  • One shoulder might appear more prominent than the other (rib hump sign)

  • Uneven waist

  • One hip higher than the other

  • Prominence of one side of the back when bending forward.


Osteopaths can assess, refer for imaging to monitor and refer to specialists if required for teenagers. For adults, manual therapy can help to reduce pain and increase movement and keep you to stay moving. Scoliosis generally is well managed, and adding in lifestyle modifications including exercise routines can help keep symptoms of back neck and hip pain at ease.

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