Last updated on October 21st, 2021 at 08:46 am
Adults with scoliosis often feel they have very few options.
Bracing, spinal fusion surgery is the typical treatment option focused on adolescent scoliosis. This is despite the fact that a greater percentage of adults have the condition. As many as 7 in 10 adults over the age of 60 have scoliosis. As compared to 3 to 5 percent of adolescents. Some doctors believe scoliosis in adults will increase over the next 20 years.
Many adults need a lifelong strategy for living their best life with scoliosis.
Clayton J. Stitzel DC
Adults with scoliosis also tend to have more symptoms than adolescents.
Degeneration of the spine’s discs and joints, often caused by bone loss, narrows nerve openings and leads to:
- back pain
- and loss of function.
Most physicians focus only on managing pain through:
- or radical procedures such as severing the nerve roots
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Researchers have found that when doctors focus on treating the underlying cause of scoliosis symptoms, adult patients have less pain. Also, improve their ability to function. This groundbreaking study has given hope to adults with scoliosis who struggle daily with pain.
Types of Scoliosis in Adults
Most people think of scoliosis as a condition that affects only adolescents. Not something adults struggle with. But every child with scoliosis becomes an adult scoliosis patient. The belief that curves don’t progress during adulthood is a myth. Adolescent curves over 50 degrees are likely to continue growing and can advance by up to 2 degrees per year. Over several decades, it can add up to significant progression and spinal deformity.
It is also a myth that adults don’t develop mild scoliosis or symptoms of scoliosis. As the joints degenerate and bone density decreases, de novo adult spinal scoliosis begins. It is a common condition among older adults, 68 percent of whom show signs of it. That is more than twice as many as the medical community before thought.
Adult scoliosis can have a variety of causes. The most common types include:
Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adults (Type of scoliosis)
Idiopathic scoliosis, the cause of which is unknown, typically peaks while the spine is still maturing. Progression becomes less once the patient is done growing. Unfortunately, the symptoms often become more severe as the curves slowly advance over the years. As the spine’s natural curve diminishes, adults may lean forward to relieve pressure on the nerves. Often causing the hips and knees to remain upright.
Adult Degenerative Scoliosis (a form of scoliosis called “De Novo”)
When scoliosis develops during adulthood, it is often the result of lower bone density and strength. In post-menopausal women, degenerative scoliosis is often caused by hormonal changes. This causes arthritis, the space between discs collapses, and causes back and leg pain.
Osteoporosis affects men and women at similar rates after the age of 70, causing lumbar scoliosis.
Adult Scoliosis Treatment Options
Since many different factors contribute to adult scoliosis. Treatment should include a variety of approaches that work together to address the underlying causes of chronic scoliosis pain. For example, ScoliSMART’s treatment for adult scoliosis incorporates:
Exercise. Weight-bearing postural activities, combined with balancing and isometric exercises. These can help reverse adult scoliosis regardless of its origins. Using the ScoliSMART Activity Suit, adult patients can perform “Reflexive Response” exercises. This helps retrain the brain to naturally correct the postural imbalance that causes scoliosis curves.
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- Nutritional supplements. Maintaining healthy levels of
- vitamin C,
- and B-vitamins are vital for supporting the treatment of adult scoliosis. Dietary supplements can also help rebuild lost bone matrix and relieve scoliosis pain.Whole-body vibration therapy. For patients in too much pain to exercise, whole-body vibration therapy can help combat the effects of degenerative scoliosis. Mostly by improving bone density and strengthening back muscles.
- Curcumin and “Do It Yourself” home rehab for scoliosis pain management
More About the ScoliSMART Activity Suit
The ScoliSMART Activity Suit is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment option for adult scoliosis that doesn’t just provide pain relief. It corrects the underlying problem of spinal curvature, improves balance, and core stability.
Treatment Solutions for Adults
With the right combination of therapies, adults with scoliosis can:
- achieve gradual pain reduction,
- improved function,
- and even potential curve reduction.
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