Degenerative Scoliosis

Degenerative Scoliosis, also known as adult-onset scoliosis, is a deformative spine condition in which there is abnormal curvature of the spine in a side-to-side fashion. This condition may arise gradually, and worsen as a person ages.

CONDITIONS EXPLAINEDDegenerative Scoliosis

CONDITIONS EXPLAINEDDegenerative Scoliosis

Degenerative Scoliosis, also known as adult-onset scoliosis, is a deformative spine condition in which there is abnormal curvature of the spine in a side-to-side fashion. This condition may arise gradually, and worsen as a person ages. If the defect becomes great enough, the pain can be severe and radiate down the legs, a condition known as sciatica. The cause is similar to other disorders in which joints deteriorate over time, but occurs at the facet joints between vertebrae.

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Degenerative Scoliosis, also known as adult-onset scoliosis, is a deformative spine condition in which there is abnormal curvature of the spine in a side-to-side fashion. This condition may arise gradually, and worsen as a person ages. If the defect becomes great enough, the pain can be severe and radiate down the legs, a condition known as sciatica. The cause is similar to other disorders in which joints deteriorate over time, but occurs at the facet joints between vertebrae.

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Detection & Diagnosis

Degenerative scoliosis typically presents with past history supportive of this disease process. After identifying the key elements of a patient’s condition, a physician will seek to further elucidate the nature of the issue. This will usually entail some or all of the following:

Physical Examination
Diagnosis can typically be made on detailed examination alone.
X-Ray
Routinely used for its rapid, inexpensive results, x-rays provide great overall visualization of the bone anatomy, and can help identify arthritis.
MRI
More sensitive to soft tissues, magnetic resonance imaging is the modality of choice for visualizing nerves and connective tissues, such as the intervertebral discs.
CT Scan
In Computed Tomography, x-rays are taken rotationally and a computer generates a three-dimensional rendering from the two-dimensional slices. This can be enhanced with contrast, called a myelogram, to further visualize the spinal cord and nerves, as well as possible tumors.

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Treatments & Procedures

Many cases of degenerative scoliosis have no presenting symptoms, and will commonly be treated without surgery. Physical therapy is very helpful in training patients to live with their condition, and aquatic exercises can allow for a healthy level of activity without putting much stress on the spine. In painful cases, medications such as NSAID pain relievers or steroid injections may be necessary to achieve relief.

Surgical therapy for degenerative scoliosis is usually decompression surgery with or without fusion. Most procedures will involve fusion, in which the disc between vertebrae is removed and bone grafts with metal hardware are used to stabilize the vertebrae and allow them to grow together. Decompression also entails the removal of some bone tissue to reduce pressure on underlying structures, relieving the pain and radiculopathy associated with these cases.

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Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) is a procedure performed from the anterior to fuse vertebrae into a single structure. This technique is usually favored when..

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Artificial Disc Replacement

Artificial disc replacement is a procedure with the goal of removing a painful intervertebral disc and replacing it with a prosthetic one. Spinal fusion is much more commonly performed..

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Decompression (Laminectomy)

Decompression Lumbar Laminectomy is the most common surgical procedure performed for the correction of stenosis in the back. The surgeon will remove or trim the bony lamina and a thick ligament..

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