To avoid chronic back pain and other problems, it is important to maintain good posture. The spine should be straight when standing, sitting and sleeping. Practicing good posture is easier on your backbone, but it also helps avoid chronic back pain conditions like scoliosis.
Scoliosis is a disorder that causes a person’s spine to develop in a curved (usually S- or C-shaped) pattern rather than a healthy, straight, vertical pattern. Scoliosis can range from mild to severe. If you develop scoliosis, your doctor’s treatment recommendations will depend on the severity of your curves.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
Scoliosis does not develop overnight; it develops gradually as the spine grows. The most noticeable symptoms of scoliosis are:
- Uneven shoulders.
- Off-center head.
- Body sides are not level to each other.
- Rib cage is higher on one side when bending forward.
- Chronic back pain and chronic neck pain
If your spine is developing a curvature, your doctor will probably begin by taking your medical history to determine if there is an underlying medical condition causing the curvature and then conduct a physical examination. You’ll probably be asked to stand straight and then bend at the waist with arms dangling loosely to look for telltale symptoms of scoliosis. If your doctor suspects scoliosis, an X-ray will probably be taken to measure the degree of spinal curvature.