Adult scoliosis is an abnormal spinal curvature occurring in patients over eighteen years. When this has resulted without any history of curvature during childhood, it is termed as adult degenerative scoliosis, and is usually caused by some degenerative disease or osteoporosis. Adult degenerative scoliosis Englewood NJ has distinct treatment options and symptoms, compared to childhood scoliosis.
Causes and Symptoms
Adult degenerative scoliosis could be genetic, or caused by osteoporosis, osteopenia, or by degenerative disorders of the spinal column. In adult scoliosis, the main complaint is back pain accompanying the abnormal curvature of the spine.
Secondly, in adults the deformity is usually severe, and can progress quite fast. Advanced stage of adult degenerative scoliosis Englewood NJ could be due to advancing degenerative disease of the spinal discs and it may be the main cause of pain. In certain patients, arthritis and herniated discs can cause pinched nerves, which causes the pain.
Effects of Abnormal Curvature
The main symptom of adult degenerative scoliosis Englewood NJ is abnormal curvature, which can cause:
ß The deformity will make the patient appear leaning to one side, which causes imbalance
ß Drastic changes in posture
ß Prominence of rib on one side
ß Walking can become impaired
ß Standing or sitting is uncomfortable
ß Nerve damage
ß Muscle atrophy
ß One leg shortening
ß Severe deformity can result in cardiopulmonary issues
Non-Surgical Treatment for Adult Degenerative Scoliosis Englewood NJ
Most cases of adult degenerative scoliosis are treated without surgery. Usually treatment includes anti-
inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen, physical therapy, and certain exercises for strengthening back and stomach muscles. For patients suffering from leg pain caused by pinched nerves in the lumbar region, epidural steroid injections are usually prescribed for relieving the pain.
For adult patients, braces are seldom recommended, but wearing braces might be phenomenal for elderly patients who cannot undergo surgery. All these treatment options will provide symptomatic relief, but the underlying issues of osteopenia and osteoporosis will be treated with exercise and nutritional supplements such as Vitamin D and calcium.
Surgical Treatment for Adult Degenerative Scoliosis Englewood NJ
Surgery is usually recommended when other treatment options have failed, and when the curvature has worsened drastically or has progressed quickly. Depending on the patient’s symptoms and the curvature deformity, various surgical approaches are used. In some cases, minimal invasive surgical procedures might be enough to treat the condition effectively. The recovery period will also differ depending on the complexity of the surgery and other medical conditions of the patient.