During adolescence scoliosis usually produces no pain and may be difficult to detect. Mild scoliosis may be present for several years before it is seen.
According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, symptoms of scoliosis include the following:
If you suspect these symptoms, your child may need to be screened for scoliosis. Your physician should check his or her spine regularly until growth is complete since scoliosis may appear at any time during the last major growth spurt.
- one shoulder higher than the other
- one shoulder blade higher with possible prominence
- unequal distance between arms and body
- one side of the rib cage and/or lower back showing uneven symmetry
- clothes not “hanging right”