What You Need to Know About Adult Scoliosis

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This common cause of low back pain generally afflicts those over the age of 40, and women are especially vulnerable.

Fact: Scoliosis does not always present itself in childhood. Many times, this problem arises in mid-life or later, and when it does, it’s called degenerative adult scoliosis.

What Causes Adult Scoliosis?

While in some cases adult scoliosis is simply untreated childhood scoliosis, often times adult scoliosis results from different causes entirely. These might include spinal degeneration, osteomalacia (softening of the bones), osteoporosis (loss of bone mass), or it can occur after a spinal surgery for another condition.

What Are the Symptoms of Adult Scoliosis?

This condition most often begins with low back pain, persistent and potent enough that the patient usually winds up seeing a specialist. Other symptoms include weakness, numbness, and pain in the lower extremities. Severe cases are characterized by loss of muscle coordination in the legs, which can make walking difficult.

How Is Adult Scoliosis Diagnosed?

A diagnosis will be based upon the persistence of symptoms, family history, measured curve progression of the spine (comparing old and new X-rays), description of pain, motor function, and any history of spinal issues in the past.

What Are The Treatments for Adult Scoliosis?

Non-surgical treatments are the most common for adult scoliosis, including medication, exercise, physical therapy, and chiropractic manipulation to keep joints mobile and reduce pain. If osteoporosis is present, treating this condition can often help to alleviate scoliosis symptoms.

Bracing systems are fast, non-invasive methods of treatment that often lessen pain and elevate mobility instantly. Bracing systems are effective because they restrict painful movement of the spine, allowing the wearer to participate in daily activity and even physical conditioning without pain. (Of course, the results are different for every patient.)

Lyceum PM recently become a certified provider of the Peak Scoliosis Bracing System for fast, adjustable relief. This treatment is covered by most insurance providers and is Medicare approved. You can see more about it in this video, in which patients describe the relief it’s offered them.

If you suffer from low back pain caused by your adult scoliosis, you can receive a complimentary consultation at Lyceum PM about the Peak Scoliosis Bracing System. Get in contact with us! We’d love to provide you with a powerful, sustainable solution for better living.

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