Most of us will experience some type of scoliosis after we reach our 60s. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 68 percent of people older than 60 show signs of degenerative, adult onset scoliosis. And that doesn’t even account for those whose childhood scoliosis continues to progress a degree or two per year. If you are looking for treatment of scoliosis in NYC, then the spine center of Andrew Casden, M.D. may be able to offer you the relief you need.
Scoliosis is a deformity of the spine in which the straight spine develops a curve when viewed from behind, which may be very subtle to severe. It is usually noted in the early teens, but can present at any age, and it is also much more common in girls than boys. In most teenagers, no cause for the scoliosis is noted and this is called idiopathic scoliosis. In adults, the scoliosis may be due to excessive wear and is called degenerative scoliosis. Chronic pain and loss of functionality are the hallmarks of degenerative scoliosis. Unlike the most common form of the condition, idiopathic scoliosis, this type of spinal curve occurs when the spine’s joints become compacted due to bone loss. Symptoms include activity-induced pain that gradually worsens over time, intense pain first thing in the morning that improves after you get up but worsens later in the day, as well as pain in one or both legs when standing or walking. The best strategy for treating adult scoliosis in NYC is a multifaceted treatment plan that combines a variety of approaches for maximum effect. The treatment of scoliosis in children and teenagers depends on the age of the patient and the degree of the curvature. Moderate curves may require a brace, and more severe curves may need surgery. Spinal surgery for scoliosis is done to improve the curve and stop the progression. Most adults are managed with physical therapy and exercise. Of course, the pain of inflamed joints can make exercise difficult. Patients who experience this challenge may benefit from whole-body vibration therapy, which improves bone density and strengthens the muscles around the spine. However, if the curve is severe and painful then surgery may be indicated.
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