Does Scoliosis Get Worse Over Time?

Scoliosis is an excessive sideways curvature of the spine. There are a few different types of scoliosis, including:

  • Idiopathic – The most common form of scoliosis usually appears during adolescence. The cause is not known, although it is thought to be genetic.

  • Congenital – This form of scoliosis occurs from birth due to the baby’s bones not developing properly in the womb.

  • Degenerative – Degenerative scoliosis occurs with age and the deterioration of the vertebrae in the spine.

Will my scoliosis get worse over time?

Being diagnosed with any form of scoliosis is difficult, and it’s natural to wonder if your spinal curve will progress in the future. Unfortunately, the answer is very often yes – if scoliosis is left without treatment, it will usually get progressively worse over time unless the patient seeks treatment for their condition.

Especially in younger patients whose bodies are still growing, it is very likely that – without intervention – the degree of the curvature will increase as time goes on. This is due to the asymmetrical loading of the vertebrae on one side limiting bone growth in this area. In these cases, bracing is usually recommended to stunt the progression of the curve; if necessary, spinal fusion surgery may be recommended once the patient has stopped growing.

Can scoliosis progress even in adulthood?

It is a common misconception that, as the patient reaches adulthood and their body stops growing, scoliosis cannot progress any further. This is untrue; while the change may occur at a slower pace in a mature adult than in a child or adolescent, a scoliosis curvature can still progress by one to three degrees per year.

Case Study: 60-Year Old Max

Max was diagnosed with scoliosis when he was a teenager but, unfortunately, no treatment was offered to him at that time! Max is now 60-years old and, as we might expect, his scoliosis has got progressively worse over the course of his life. He visited chiropractors & physiotherapists but found that they only relieved his pain temporarily. ScolioGold Therapy has helped him make incredible progress & much of his scoliosis has now been completely cured! Watch our full interview with Max here:

What can I do to stop scoliosis getting worse over time?

Luckily, mild to moderate cases of scoliosis do not typically require surgical intervention. If the right steps are taken before the curve progresses too far, it is possible to improve the degree of curvature and your quality of life without undergoing an operation.

The progression of a scoliotic spinal curve can be halted via a number of measures, such as:

  • Soft and hard bracing
  • Postural improvement
  • Physical therapy to improve muscle balance

Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic in London, our ambition is to help those suffering with scoliosis to improve their condition over time. We aim to reduce the degree of the curvature, reduce pain, improve flexibility, and boost the patient’s overall quality of life. We do this through a combination of different physical therapy treatments on our 4-week ScolioGold courses.

Contact Scoliosis SOS to book a consultation with one of our scoliosis experts.

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