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