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You may be familiar with the term scoliosis, but you may not know exactly what it means. Your “everyday” back pain that you think is common may actually be something more serious. Luckily, there are  subtle warning signs that you have scoliosis and should see a doctor.

According to Medical News Today, some scoliosis causes include neuromuscular conditions, leg length, and poor posture. There are also additional visible scoliosis signs regarding your spine itself. According to the Scoliosis Research Society, people with scoliosis have a spine resembling the shape of an “S” or a “C” rather than a straight line.

However, there’s no need to stress too much over a possible diagnosis. In an interview with Health Essentials, spine surgeon Dr. Douglas Orr said that many people with scoliosis can manage their symptoms well without surgery.

And although you may be frightened of the diagnosis of this condition, it’s fairly common, so you’re not alone in coping with it. To calm your nerves ever more so, according to Virginia Spine Institute, there’s approximately 7,000,000 million people in the United States who have scoliosis.

There are plenty of tips for you to follow if you are concerned that you have a back condition. Here are some subtle warning signs that you have scoliosis.

1. You Have Uneven Shoulders

According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms of scoliosis include having uneven shoulders. If you’re concerned that your shoulders may be off balance, you may decide to consult a friend or family member for confirmation before heading to your doctor.

2. Your Clothes Hang Awkwardly

According to Spine-Health, if your clothes fit awkwardly or unevenly, it may be an early sign of scoliosis. If it’s a quick fix of a blouse, let it be. But if you notice a trend, it may be time to seek a diagnosis.

3. Your Body Tilts More To One Side

According to Treating Scoliosis, pay attention to your posture to see if your body tilts more to one side when evaluating if you have a back condition. The site noted that this tilt, along with other visible symptoms could be the early stages of mild idiopathic scoliosis.

4. You Notice A Rib Prominence

According to Spine Universe, a rib prominence may be apparent in adults who have scoliosis. Whether it’s just your posture, or something more serious, it’s safer to get checked by your doctor.

5. You Experience Back Pain

According to chiropractic Dr. Josh Axe’s website, up to 90 percent of scoliosis patients report feeling pain. Whether you have scoliosis or not, reporting consistent back pain to your doctor is imperative.

6. You See A Visible Spine Curve

According to RX List, if you or someone notices your spine is curved, you may have scoliosis. The site further noted that a spine curvature can be a mild change, and that your friends or family may notice the curvature first.

7. You Experience Shortness Of Breath

According to Spine Center, people with scoliosis may experience shortness of breath due to the effect on lung function. Spine Center noted that both adult idiopathic scoliosis and adult degenerative scoliosis develop over a period of time.

SOURCE: https://www.romper.com/p/7-subtle-signs-that-you-have-scoliosis-37008

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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