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Scoliosis: What is it, Types and Causes, Symptoms and More | Singapore General Hospital

Scoliosis - Symptoms

  • Abnormal curving of the spine which appears as an S or C shape
  • Uneven shoulders or a prominent shoulder blade
  • Uneven hips
  • Uneven waist, with a tilt to one side
  • In adult females, there may be uneven breasts with one breast appearing higher

Causes of Scoliosis

In severe cases, the rib cage may press against the lungs and heart causing complications such as:

  • Breathing problems
  • Lung and heart damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Persistent back pain

Scoliosis cannot be overcome by correcting posture. Food, vitamin supplements and exercise programmes have also not been found to be helpful in treating the condition or halting its progression. However, scoliosis patients are advised to stay fit and active for a better prognosis.

“If patients get appropriate treatment for scoliosis at an early stage, they can go on to lead normal lives,” says Dr Guo.

Scoliosis - How to prevent?

Scoliosis - Diagnosis

Scoliosis - Preparing for surgery

Scoliosis - Post-surgery care

Scoliosis - Other Information

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