I’m not a Doctor/PT/Chiropractor. My back was bothering me, so I read a bunch of stuff on the internet.
If you were born with it, you can prehab/rehab to keep it from getting worse, and continue lifting. If you have developed scoliosis, you can correct and reverse it with some thought and a little work.
I read that maybe half the cases of Scoliosis have no real, physical cause that can be found. I take that to mean that you can develop scoliosis, through bad posture, exercise selection, etc. If you are “off-balance” meaning that one side is stronger, or sits differently than the other side, continuing to do tons of compound lifts can make the problem worse.
If this applies to you, doing some single leg/single arm work can balance things back out, and get things straightened again. Then, it will be much safer/easier to do the big lifts.
Have you had any problems or symptoms yet?
-One shoulder higher or much smaller/weaker than the other.
-One pec/lat sitting higher/lower than the other
-One shoulder/arm much weaker than the other when pressing, especially at lockout
-One foot way in front or way behind the other when you stand/brace
-One foot turned in/out way more than the other
-Cramps on one side of your upper/lower back
-Anterior Pelvic Tilt
-One leg/hip really tight
-One shoulder coming off the bench when you bench press
I started with a little pain and weakness in my left shoulder. I didn’t do enough to address the problem (sidebends, single leg work, single arm work) and continued with the power lifts. A couple years later I had a high left shoulder, scoliosis, APT, overactive QL/Psoas,and a club foot. As I walked, each step was crooked. I was basically squatting over top of one leg, sticking the other out like an outrigger. I couldn’t lock out any overhead/bench presses. My back and hips hurt all the time. My non-club foot was cramped and twisted.
Since then I’ve spent 6-7 months doing lots of stretching, one arm/one leg lifts, half kneeling lifts, all kinds of ab stuff. I’m standing straighter and walking straighter, and feel a lot better.
Just one story like this is enough to get me using single arm/leg movements in all of my accessory work as well as strongly want a coach for my form again. I have not had any of the more severe symptoms you have listed other than I had a friend tell me that one side of me seemed to be rising more when bench pressing. I thought he was full of shit and told him off. Now I know that he was probably being sincere. It is going to be very difficult to discourage me unless it is absolute that I will deform and cripple due to my training. Then I will join the darkside of bodybuilding.