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Can uneven arm length cause scoliosis?

SleepingRavensSSleepingRavens Posts: 1
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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