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Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

In adults, degenerative scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, occurs most often in the lower back, with pain developing gradually with activity. Curvature is often relatively gradual or minor, so in many cases, surgery may not be immediately required.

When conservative treatment methods fail to alleviate pain and discomfort or if the curvature increases due to more significant deterioration of the spine, surgery may be necessary. It is important that a skilled spinal surgeon review your individual symptoms and spinal stability for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

 

Scoliosis Symptoms

For some with degenerative scoliosis, pain similar to osteoarthritis of the spine may occur. Patients may also experience stiffness in the mid to lower back and decreased flexibility. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our spine specialists for help:

  • Shoulders are uneven (one or both shoulder blades may stick out)
  • Head is not centered directly above the pelvis
  • One or both hips are raised or unusually high
  • Sides of the rib cage are at different heights
  • Waist is uneven
  • The appearance or texture of the skin overlying the spine changes (dimples, hairy patches, color abnormalities)
  • The entire body leans to one side

Scoliosis Treatment by Spine Specialists

Severe scoliosis may require spine stabilization surgery, but it is important to have a complete assessment before a treatment plan is developed by the spine specialists at Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, formerly the Brain & Spine Institute. When surgery is needed, the goal is to stop progression, normalize spinal function and minimize pain. A number of surgical treatment options are available, including:

  • Spinal fusion with instrumentation
  • Bone grafting to create a permanent fusion of vertebrae
  • Decompressive laminectomy
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic spinal fusion

Make an Appointment at Neurosurgery & Spine Associates

For more information about the pain or instability associated with adult degenerative scoliosis, please call 678-312-2700 to make an appointment with one of our spine specialists or if you would rather, complete the online form and our expert staff will contact you.

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