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Signs and Symptoms

Mid to lower back pain and back stiffness are often the first symptoms of degenerative adult scoliosis.

Other symptoms include:

  • Curved posture
  • Difficulty sitting or standing
  • Difficulty walking due to loss of leg muscle coordination
  • Humpback
  • Leaning towards one side
  • Nerve damage, causing weakness, numbness and pain in legs and feet
  • Protruding rib
  • Reduction in height due to a curved spine
  • Shortness of breath and fatigue, caused by an upper spine curve
  • Spinal stiffness

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

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UCSF Clinics & Centers

Spine Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0332
Phone: (866) 81-SPINE or
(866) 817-7463
Neuro-spine Fax: (415) 353-2176
Ortho-spine Fax: (415) 353-4047
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