While scoliosis is a condition that usually arises during adolescence, we know from our years of experience and the research we have conducted that scoliosis often causes a great deal of discomfort and pain in adults as well as in younger patients. As the condition is most discussed in terms of adolescent patients, we wanted to discuss how scoliosis in adults is treated.
Older individuals are most commonly affected by two specific types of scoliosis: idiopathic scoliosis and adult degenerative scoliosis. Here’s a little more information on both scoliosis conditions that effect adults:
This form of scoliosis is a continuation of the condition in its adolescent form, which may have progressed due to it being left untreated previously. The extent of the spinal curve may have increased over time, particularly for those with a curve of 40° or more. For this reason, it is highly important for individuals with this form of scoliosis to monitor the extent of their curve, as it often leads to further damage and discomfort over time.
Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
Unlike adolescent scoliosis, this form of the condition arises in adulthood due to a degeneration of the discs, as well as arthritis of the facet joints and a collapse of the disc spaces. It is normally most apparent in the lower spine, and can therefore cause pain and numbness not only in the back itself, but also in the legs.
How Can We Help?
Although these forms of scoliosis may differ slightly from their adolescent counterparts, the non-invasive treatment programmes offered by Scoliosis SOS are still able to provide relief from the pain and aesthetic distortions suffered by adult patients, even in more severe cases.
See how we helped Eileen, a 58-year-old patient who needed help with her scoliosis in adulthood:
We are proud to say that our patients, regardless of their age and the extent of their deformity, consistently report substantial improvements in their wellbeing and appearance after receiving our treatments. Patients also continue to see positive progress after completing their course by performing our tailored exercise programmes at home. Scoliosis in adults can be treated without surgery, and we are more than happy to discuss your options with you.
If you suspect that you may be suffering with scoliosis, please feel free to get in touch with Scoliosis SOS to learn more about our treatment approach and to find out how we can help you.