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Can uneven arm length cause scoliosis?

SleepingRavensSSleepingRavens Posts: 2
edited 09/10/2015 - 11:00 AM in Scoliosis
Hi, I am a female who is about 19 years old. My left arm suffered a minor injury when I was 12 (I quit growing around 14) and it caused my left arm to be 2 inches shorter than my right, and my left shoulder is also smaller.

I never got tested for scoliosis in school so I didn't know it had it. Nobody even notices my uneven arms unless I tell them, which is surprising because in my opinion it is obvious. However I remember being a young teenager and noticing my hips were not evenly curved, but I thought that everybody had natural asymmetry.

Anyway, I finally got tested for it 2 months ago when my doctor was examining my back for some other health problem, thought something was off and made me do the test. It turns out I have a lumbar curve to the left, but she considered it mild. I don't know the degree because I only did an x Ray for my upper chest for other health concerns. My spine is straight in the upper region.

I forgot to tell her that my arms are not even in length. Everywhere I look online talks about uneven leg length causing scoliosis, but I have found nothing about uneven arm length. Should I bring this up to the doctor or is it not relevant? I am thinking about going back in next month because it is bothering me that I don't know the degree and I want to know if it is going to get worse.

Sorry if I sound uneducated, I don't know a lot about scoliosis yet.

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  • I do not think your arms are the cause. The leg length discrepancy changes the plane of the hips and therefore the spine can be compromised or viseversa. Many people live with a mild case of scoliosis ...and can be treated with non surgical options! Good luck!
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