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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the symptoms of Scoliosis?

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    Dr Ryan Hislop


    Ryan Hislop is the Clinical Director at the Mudgee Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. As an experienced and evidence-based diagnostician, Ryan works largely by medical … View Profile

    In most cases, scoliosis is not a usually a symptomatic condition i.e. it is not usually painful. In some cases there may be back pain however this is usually due to the sustained stretch on the connective tissues of the spine. This may or may not be directly related to scoliosis, so it's always best to have it checked by a spinal expert. 

    In severe cases symptoms may present with difficulty breathing/shortness of breath or decreased cardiac function as it is difficult for the heart and lungs to work properly. 

    Scoliosis is most often picked up due to the abnormal curve in the spine. This is easily missed in its early stages until it slowly becomes more severe. A typical presenation of scoliosis may cause the head to appear off to the side with one hip or shoulder higher than the opposite. On closer inspection you may note when bending forward that the ribs on one side sit higher than the others. This is due to the abnormal sideways curve in your spine. 

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