> Patient and Family > Commonly Asked Patient Questions
What Ill Effects Can Result From Scoliosis?
- Back pain may be present. This usually tends to be mild and does not limit activities in most patients. However, a few patients have more back pain than the average. Patients with severe back pain should be carefully evaluated for other causes of back pain than scoliosis. Elderly patients with scoliosis may have greater back pain due to arthritis or disc disease in the spine.
- Cosmesis is important in scoliosis. Asymmetry of the trunk may be distressing to the patient or parents.
- Severe scoliosis may be associated with diminished lung function due to distortion and stiffness of the rib cage.