Dr. Manny: Could You Develop Adult Scoliosis?


Q&A with Dr. Manny on Fox News: What are the symptoms of adult scoliosis?

There are two types of adult scoliosis, as explained by Dr. Manny ALvarez.

Adult “De Novo” or Degenerative Scoliosis
Develops in adulthood. Degenerative scoliosis develops as a result of disc degeneration — usually after the age of 50. If one side of the disc degenerates more rapidly than the other, the disc begins to cause the vertebrae to tilt. As it tilts, more pressure is placed on one side of your spine and gravity increases the sideways bend and curve of the spine. When more discs degenerate unequally, the abnormal sideways spine curve or scoliosis increases.

Adult idiopathic scoliosis
Occurs when patients have had scoliosis since childhood or as a teenager and the condition progresses and is more noticeable as people age into adulthood. The cause of idiopathic scoliosis is unknown, but there is a lot of genetic work going on in an attempt to determine the cause.

See also …

UCLA Spine Center Adult Scoliosis

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