Adult (Degenerative) Scoliosis
he most common cause for adult scoliosis is arthritis of the spine, with the exception for adults who developed scoliosis as children. As the discs and facet joints of the spine succumb to excessive wear and tear, they lose their elasticity and proper alignment. As a result, abnormal tilting of vertebra relative to another cause the entire spine to unbalance. Unfortunately, this loss of proper alignment further worsens arthritis, as abnormal and unbalanced forces on the spine cause increased wear and tear. Adult scoliosis can progress unless steps are taken by a doctor to intervene.
The symptoms of adult scoliosis are identical to the symptoms of general arthritis of the spine, or spondylosis. Arthritic joints cause local pain on weight bearing, inflamed joints and discs can cause pinched nerves, radiculopathy or sciatica. Adult scoliosis can also lead to muscle fatigue and spasm, because the spine muscle have to work harder to compensate for abnormal spine alignment. In very serious cases of adult deformity, where the angle of curvature is excessive, a patient’s internal organs can get compromised. If this happens in the chest, lung function may suffer.
North Jersey Spine Group Treats Adult Scoliosis
Fortunately, most cases of adult scoliosis do not require corrective surgery. The team at North Jersey Spine Group (NJSG) uses a thorough program of skeletal stabilization exercises, postural training, and in some instances weight loss, to ensure patients obtain long-lasting relief of scoliosis symptoms. For the few patients who do need surgery, our elite team of board-certified neurosurgeons who are also spine surgeons, offer advanced and often minimally invasive spinal deformity correction procedures. With multiple convenient offices spanning Passaic County to Hudson County, including towns such as Ridgewood, Montclair, and Sparta, NJ patients are welcome to contact the award-winning doctors at NJSG today.
When the spine continues to curve to 30-40 degrees, it can become visibly noticeable.