By far the most common form of scoliosis is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, which - as the name suggests - develops during adolescence. However, there are also many cases of scoliosis developing later on in an individual's life, often resulting in a great deal of pain and discomfort.
Since the majority of discussions of scoliosis treatment focus on younger patients, many people wonder how to fix scoliosis in adults and what treatment options are available for older patients. Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we frequently treat adults with scoliosis and help them to achieve a better quality of life. In fact, our oldest patient is over 90 years old!
Scoliosis that doesn't develop until the patient has already reached adulthood is known as adult degenerative scoliosis. Of course, adults may also suffer from idiopathic scoliosis if they were not treated during adolescence. We're going to take a look at both types of scoliosis today.
Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
Adult degenerative scoliosis (also known as de novo scoliosis) occurs in adults as a result of degenerating discs and arthritis of the facet joints. It is most commonly found in the lower (lumbar) part of the spine, and as a result, it can cause numbness and discomfort in the legs as well as the back.
When an individual develops scoliosis at a young age, they may carry it with them into adulthood, especially if the spinal curve is left untreated. It is vital that individuals diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis continue to monitor their condition, as the angle of the curvature can progress over time.
How Can Scoliosis SOS Help?
There are several differences between idiopathic and adult degenerative scoliosis, but the corrective methods that we use here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic are highly effective in both cases. Our non-invasive treatment courses (consisting of specialised group physiotherapy and one-to-one exercise sessions) are able to improve mobility and reduce pain in patients of all ages.
To get a clearer idea of how we can help to fix scoliosis in adults, take a look at the video below and watch Anne's story:
We have had many success stories here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, with patients of all ages reporting significant improvements in their strength, flexibility and overall wellbeing. By continuing our prescriptive exercises at home after they have completed their treatment course, adult patients frequently see further improvements as time goes on.
If you'd like to attend a consultation session to discuss treatment options for your scoliosis, please get in touch with Scoliosis SOS today!
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