Adult Scoliosis

Diagnosing Adult Scoliosis

A UPMC spine expert will perform a physical examination and utilize advanced imaging technologies to  to diagnose scoliosis.

Symptoms of scoliosis may include:

  • Uneven shoulders
  • One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
  • Uneven waist
  • One hip higher than the other
  • Leaning to one side
  • One leg longer than the other
  • Back pain or difficulty breathing (only in rare cases of severe scoliosis)

Imaging studies typically include:

  • X-rays to measure the degree of the curve
  • MRI or CT scans may be ordered for a more in-depth view of the spine
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