Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

Adult degenerative scoliosis is divided into two categories.


Degenerative scoliosis happens to an adult who has had a history of scoliosis. The spine starts to show wear and tear due to age. This wear and tear can cause the spine to collapse, causing the curve to increase.

De novo (new) scoliosis first appears in adulthood, due to wear and tear. Again in this case, this can result in a curve of the spine. In both cases adult degenerative scoliosis is typically diagonosed after an adult reaches the age of 50.

Over time in adult degenerative scoliosis the facet joints and discs can degenerate. The pressure created by this degeneration can cause the spine to curve.

For further information about degenerative scoliosis:

Degenerative Scoliosis Information

Managing adult scoliosis with physiotherapy

Managing the pain of scoliosis

Degenerative Scoliosis FAQs
Surgery for Degenerative Scoliosis

Coping with the aging spine

Posture & Positioning

Managing Day-to-Day

Pain Management

Personal Accounts


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