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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Uneven back

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5 Potential Back Deformity Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Scoliosis

    Scoliosis causes a sideways curve of your backbone, or spine. Scoliosis is most common in late childhood and the early teens, when children grow fast.

    Chronic, but curable

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous back pain, shortness of breath on exertion, asymmetrical shoulders, asymmetrical breasts, back deformity
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Osteoporotic Spinal Fracture

    Osteoporosis is a condition in which the density and quality of bone are reduced. Cracks can appear in the boney structures of the back (vertebrae) which can lead to back pain, back deformities and loss of height.

    Weeks to months

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    mid back pain, spontaneous mid back pain, unintentional weight loss, back pain affecting the spine, back deformity
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

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  3. 3.Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Ankylosing spondylitis, also called Bechterew's disease, is a type of arthritis of the spine. 'Arthritis' means inflammation of joints, and in ankylosing spondylitis this means that there is inflammation (irritation and swelling) between the disks that make up the spine. There can also be inflammation between the spine and the pelvis. Bechterew's disease occurs more often in men and in people who have family members with the same disease.

    This is a chronic condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, back pain, trouble sleeping, joint pain, hip pain
    Symptoms that always occur with ankylosing spondylitis:
    back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Dwarfism (Achondroplasia)

    Achondroplasia is a rare genetic (inherited) disorder of bone. It causes short stature and a large head.

    Chronic inherited disorder.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    disproportionately large head, short limbs, forehead jutting out, back deformity
    Symptoms that always occur with dwarfism (achondroplasia):
    disproportionately large head, short limbs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Rickets

    Rickets causes soft, weak bones in children. It usually occurs when they do not get enough vitamin D, which helps growing bones absorb the minerals calcium and phosphorous.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    muscle aches, irritability, fatigue, spontaneous bone pain, patchy hair loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Back Deformity

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Back Deformity Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced back deformity have also experienced:

    • 8% Back Pain
    • 5% Fatigue
    • 5% Muscle Aches
  • People who have experienced back deformity were most often matched with:

    • 11% Scoliosis
    • 6% Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • 2% Osteoporotic Spinal Fracture
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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