How to tell if you have scoliosis
Looking for the early signs of scoliosis must take priority because it prevents the worsening for the spine curvature.
Moreover, early detection increases the chance of successful treatment outcomes. To check for scoliosis, you can:
Check for uneven shoulders
One of the first noticeable signs of scoliosis is uneven shoulders.
When the spine curves sideways, one shoulder may appear higher than the other. You can easily observe uneven shoulders by standing in front of the mirror or asking someone to see if your shoulders are aligned.
With uneven shoulders, you may also notice that your:
- Head is not centered over the body
- Arms are hanging at different levels
- Body is leaning to one side when you’re standing
- Clothes don’t fit well
Perform a forward-bending test
You can tell if you have scoliosis by performing a simple, non-invasive test called forward-bending test.
Forward-bending test is a simple test used by medical practitioners to assess how much the spine is tilted to one side. Doctors use a device called “scoliometer” to measure the tilt, but you can also perform the test without the tool.
Before you do the test, invite someone to help you. Stand straight, and then bend forward at a 90-degree angle as if you’re touching your toes. Basically, they need to see if there’s a difference between the heights of the two sides (left and right) of your back when you’re bent forward. The unevenness of your shoulders may also be more pronounced if you do this test.
Check for uneven waist and hips
Finally, you can tell that you have scoliosis if you notice uneven hips and waist. The easiest way to check is to stand in front of the mirror in your undergarments. If you have tilted waist and hips, one side of the undergarment might look higher.