How do I know if I have scoliosis?
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis refers to a medical condition in which the spine curves sideways. On an X-ray film, the normal spine looks straight, but the scoliosis spine will look like a “C” or “S”.
I suspect that I have scoliosis, how do I tell?
Besides looking at X-rays, one can look at his or her posture in order to look for possible signs of scoliosis.
Signs that may indicate scoliosis are:
- Head not centered to the body Uneven shoulders (either one is in front of the other or one’s higher than the other)
- Uneven shoulder blades: one is more prominent or higher
- Uneven waist angle: the gap between arm to trunk is wider on one side
- One hip is more prominent than the other or the hips are not leveled
- The spine line is not straight
One can use the picture below for a quick self test of scoliosis:
You can also perform a Forward Bend test (also called “Adam’s test”) to detect for possible scoliosis.
- Standing with the feet together, then bend forward as far as you can with your palms together, fingers pointing at between your toes.
- Look at the back, one side of the back (either upper or lower back region) will be higher than the other side