Scoliosis & Deformity

Scoliosis, or abnormal curvature of the spine, is often only associated with adolescents. However, adults can have scoliosis too. Adult degenerative scoliosis is defined as any curvature of the spine greater than 10-degrees in a skeletally mature individual without previous scoliosis. With age the spine becomes susceptible to degenerative changes, which alter spinal biomechanics. Common disorders such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, osteoporosis, and vertebral compression fractures affect the integrity and stability of the spinal structures and may cause lumbar degenerative scoliosis.

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Symptoms

  • Severe progressive back pain
  • Neurogenic claudication
  • Spinal rigidity and stiffness
  • Trunk imbalance
  • Spinal instability
  • Rib prominence on either side
  • Humpback
  • Irregular gait caused by discrepancy in leg length
  • Difficulty sitting or standing
  • Cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) problems


Scoliosis Treatments