Other conditions with symptoms similar to scoliosis

Scoliosis can be accompanied by kyphosis, a rounding of the upper spine that exceeds 45 degrees, causing the person to have a hunched back. This condition can be painful. The cause is usually unknown, but the condition may be present at birth or may be the result of injury, infection (such as tuberculosis) or disease (such as osteoporosis), paralysis, or tumors.

Swayback (abnormal lordosis in the low back) may also accompany scoliosis. Abnormal lordosis is an excessive curve in the neck or lower back.

Last Updated: August 27, 2009

Author: Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas S. Renshaw, MD - Orthopedics

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