Certain types of spinal curves are normal and necessary to absorb and distribute body weight at rest and during movement. Scoliosis is an abnormal side-to-side curvature of the spine. Although scoliosis is usually associated with children and adolescents, adults can have scoliosis, too. Adult scoliosis is defined as abnormal curvature of the spine in a patient older than age 18.
If childhood scoliosis was never discovered or was left untreated, the abnormal curve may become larger as the patient ages and degenerative spinal changes occur. Scoliosis that develops during adulthood, without a history of childhood curvature, is usually classified as adult degenerative scoliosis. Adult degenerative scoliosis usually affects the thoracic (mid-back) and/or lumbar (low back) spine. Common degenerative spinal conditions that may contribute to the development of adult degenerative scoliosis include:
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