Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
Many spinal issues can cause discomfort and pain.
Scoliosis is one of them, but what is it? Well, scoliosis is when the spine develops an abnormal side-to-side curvature. Typically, the problem is diagnosed in children and even adolescents, although there have been cases where adults developed it. However, when diagnosed in adults, scoliosis has often evolved into adult degenerative scoliosis. There are a number of different degenerative conditions associated with adult scoliosis, including:
• Spinal Stenosis
• Degenerative Disc Disease
• Compression Fractures of the Vertebrae
What Causes Adult Degenerative Scoliosis?
Adult degenerative scoliosis occurs when bones and their connective tissue weaken and break down over time. When this occurs in or near the spine, the vertical column can develop an abnormal curve or scoliosis.
How to Tell if You Have Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
There is a variety of symptoms to look for if you’re concerned about developing scoliosis. Sometimes people with the degenerative disease may notice a change in their posture. For example, instead of standing vertically, you might find yourself leaning more to one side. Additionally, you might notice one shoulder is higher than the other is. As the condition progresses, you’ll begin noticing a problem with your balance or that your center of gravity has shifted. This can all lead to back pain, stiffness, tired muscles, and a loss of sensation in your extremities.In severe cases, you may experience respiratory and cardiac issues.
How Central NJ Spine Can Help
If you’re experiencing a spinal condition, like adult degenerative scoliosis, you can count on our skilled team of doctors to provide personalized and comprehensive treatment plans. We understand that spinal conditions affect every patient differently, which is why we’re committed to treating each patient on a case-by-case basis and are confident in our ability to find an effective solution to meet your needs. Whether we decide to pursue a conservative treatment plan using physical therapy, pain medication, and back braces or we opt for a surgical treatment plan, we’ll do our best to get you up and moving around like your old self again.
Are you experiencing symptoms of degenerative scoliosis? Request a consultation with one of our Central NJ Spine doctors today to learn more about our treatment options. Call our office today at 201-371-6004.