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Can an Adult Develop Scoliosis?

Though it is common in children and teenagers, it is quite possible for adults to develop scoliosis. However, many of these adults don’t realize they have it until they are diagnosed with its key symptoms which include but are not limited to uneven shoulder height, pain in the back, or the body leaning to one side.

Scoliosis can go undiagnosed for years, though it is also possible for adults to develop what’s called de novo scoliosis, which results from degenerative changes in the spine that happen as a person ages. This type of scoliosis is rare in individuals under the age of forty. De novo scoliosis will affect the lumbar area of the spine and is often caused by progressive degeneration of the intervertebral discs as well as conditions such as osteoporosis, compression fractures, and spinal canal stenosis, all of which have been implicated in the development of degenerative scoliosis.

With de novo scoliosis, patients may experience debilitating back pain or pain in the lower extremities. Treatment typically begins with non-surgical approaches such as exercise and physical therapy. Should surgery be necessary, it is aimed at minimizing the pain as well as ameliorating the spine curvature.

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