Learn degenerative scoliosis treatment options from the surgical team at Laser Spine Institute Tampa
While many scoliosis patients can attribute their condition to genetic factors that caused it to be present at birth, others can develop this condition later in adulthood because of spinal degeneration. If you are suffering from degenerative scoliosis, there are a variety of treatment options available.
What is degenerative scoliosis?
Degenerative scoliosis is an unhealthy curvature of the spine that develops because of the existence of one or more conditions that have caused the spine to lose its normal shape or stability. Scoliosis can appear as an “S” or “C” shape and can cause the spine to curve toward either side of the body.
The steps involved in a scoliosis diagnosis
If you think you may be experiencing degenerative scoliosis, your physician can make an accurate diagnosis during a single office visit. He or she will likely go over you family history and medical history, then perform a physical exam to test your range of motion and flexibility. If degenerative scoliosis is a suspected cause of your symptoms, your physician will likely use an MRI or X-ray to confirm the diagnosis.
What causes degenerative scoliosis?
Degenerative scoliosis is most commonly a result of the natural aging process and the gradual deterioration of different parts of the spine. Conditions such as spinal stenosis, spinal osteoarthritis and spondylolisthesis can cause portions of the spine to shift out of their normal position, resulting in an abnormal curvature.
Recognizing the symptoms
While scoliosis is often asymptomatic, some people may notice joint stiffness or inflammation, or a shoulder or hip that seems to be in a different position than the other. In cases where the scoliosis has caused a spinal nerve root or the spinal cord to become compressed, muscle weakness, numbness, tingling and radiating pain can also occur.
Treatments your physician may recommend
Physical therapy, strengthening exercises, rest and hot/cold therapy are some of the conservative treatments your physician may suggest. When attempted on a regular schedule for several weeks or months, this type of treatment regimen has been successful in alleviating the symptoms of degenerative scoliosis for many patients. Alternative treatments such as chiropractic care and massage therapy may also help to produce the desired results.
When to consider surgery
If you are experiencing debilitating symptoms from degenerative scoliosis and the treatments you’ve tried have not provided adequate relief, minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, FL, may be your best option. Laser Spine Institute treats a wide variety of conditions, including degenerative scoliosis, and is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.^
Contact us today to find out if you are a candidate for one of our outpatient surgeries by asking for a no-cost review of your MRI.*