Degenerative Scoliosis

Degenerative scoliosis results from degeneration of the intervertebral disc and facet joints posteriorly. As the joints degenerate, they turn and create a bend in the back, resulting in the coronal plane deformity, i.e., scoliotic curve.
While idiopathic scoliosis is more frequent in the thoracic spine, degenerative scoliosis is much more common in the lumbar spine. It occurs most frequently in people over 65 years of age. Thus, this type of scoliosis can be called as degenerative adult scoliosis or degenerative lumbar scoliosis.

Degenerative scoliosis usually begins with low back pain. The pain is probably not coming from the curve, but rather from the degeneration occurring in the spine. Pain typically comes on gradually, and is associated with activity. The pain tends to be worse first thing in the morning, and tends to improve after the patient gets up and around for a while. Then, later in the day the pain tends to worsen. The patient is comfortable sitting and has more pain when she or he stands and walks. Sometimes the pain occurs at the bottom of the spine; because that area is overloaded and stressed with additional weight.

Surgery of degenerative scoliosis

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