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Adult Degenerative Scoliosis/Spinal Deformity

Adult degenerative scoliosis is a condition where a right-left or lateral curve develops in a previously straight spine secondary to advanced degenerative disc disease. It can cause back and/or leg pain due to muscle fatigue and nerve impingement, and may lead to a condition known as lumbar spinal stenosis. Adult degenerative scoliosis is more common in the lower back and most frequently occurs in people over 65 years of age.

Adult Degenerative Scoliosis Symptoms

Symptoms of adult degenerative scoliosis range from mild or moderate to severe. They may include:

  • Pain in the back and/or legs
  • Pain on one or both sides
  • Pain that worsens when standing or walking
  • A spinal deformity
  • Lying down relieves pressure on the spine and reduces pain

Treatments for Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

Degenerative scoliosis symptoms can worsen over time and eventually interfere with daily activities. Treatments that relieve pain, as well as help strengthen the back and keep it flexible include:

  • Physical therapy and strengthening exercises
  • Medications and analgesics to reduce pain and swelling
  • Injections (e.g., corticosteroids) of anti-inflammatory and/or numbing agents
  • Rest and a restriction of physical activity
  • A back brace to help control pain, though it will not correct the deformity

While most cases of adult degenerative scoliosis can be treated nonsurgically, minimally invasive spine surgery may be considered in order to maintain nerve function or relieve pain.

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