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Adult Scoliosis Diagnosis and Symptoms

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Adult Scoliosis Diagnosis

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

Adult Scoliosis Symptoms

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)


Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Surgery
Drs. Kanter and Okonkwo discuss minimally invasive surgery for complex scoliosis.


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Dolores Grandizio - Scoliosis Patient Story

When Dolores needed surgery to correct a severe curve in her spine, she turned to the experts at UPMC to help her get back to being the active and energetic person she once was.

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