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 scoliotic spine will look like a “C” or “S”.

C-Shape
S-Shape

How Do I Tell If I Have It?

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 centred to the body and 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 the trunk is wider on one side
  • One hip is more prominent than the other, or the hips are not levelled
  • The spine line is not straight

One can use the picture below for a quick self-test of scoliosis:

What is 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
Forward Bending Test for Scoliosis
Forward Bending Test for Scoliosis

Experiencing back pain? Click here to find out more about physiotherapy for back pain relief and how Core Concepts can help.

Recent Videos

Here’s how you can Tone Up with Resistive Tubing
Tone Up – Mini Gym Ball Exercises With Sanctband Singapore
Here’s how you can tone up with Resistive Exercise Bands
The Effects of Mobile Devices – The Better Way To Use Your Phone
Understanding Persistent Pain Differently
Keeping Fit in Your Silver Years – Proprioception
resistive tubing
mini gym ball exercises
resistance band
mobile
Core Concepts