Symptoms of scoliosis in adult women, as well as men, include a hip or shoulder being higher or sticking out further than the other one; an arm that appears longer than the other; obvious deformities when bending over; and a hump on the back from the twisted ribs, explains the University of Maryland Medical Center. This deformity eventually leads to pain and spinal cord pressure.
If the deformity is severe enough and the nerves compressed enough, an individual can experience muscle weakness, numbness and a loss of coordination, states the University of Maryland Medical Center. The scoliosis can deform the chest cavity and interfere with the lungs and heart, causing hypoxia-related problems and even heart failure. There are several types of scoliosis developed by adults including paralytic curve, myopathic deformity, secondary, congenital curve and idiopathic curve.
An adult woman with scoliosis can be treated with braces, physical therapy and surgery, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Treatment options vary depending on whether she has osteoporosis. If osteoporosis is present, treating the disease can also help treat scoliosis. Although bracing can be used to relieve pain, it does not actually straighten the spine because the skeleton is already established. Treating scoliosis with surgery depends on the type of scoliosis and progression of the curve in the spine.