Treatment for Degenerative Scoliosis in New Jersey
While scoliosis is generally associated with childhood, adults can and do develop the condition. Sometimes, scoliosis in adulthood arises due to a failure to treat scoliosis during childhood. For the most part, though, scoliosis in adults is associated with the aging process and its degenerative effect on our spines.
Many people begin to experience back pain as they age from a wide range of conditions and scoliosis is just one of them. But these other conditions can lead to degenerative scoliosis.
Pain Always Means Something
As the vertebrae in our spines begin to age, we may experience pain due to the new somatic conditions this represents. We may develop spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, osteoporosis or even vertebral compression fractures due to the loss of fluid to feed our discs. These keep vertebrae from rubbing against each other.
All the conditions mentioned can provoke a curvature in the spine, causing it to lean either left or right. And that’s much more serious than just a cosmetic issue. Imbalance in the spine can cause spin-off problems.
When your spine isn’t properly aligned, cardiopulmonary challenges can be provoked, as well as nerve damage and a limping gait caused by a difference in the length of your legs.
If you’re experiencing back pain accompanied by an abnormal spinal curvature, we highly recommend that you attend our offices at Scoliosis & Spine Associates for a diagnosis and treatment for degenerative scoliosis in New Jersey.
In the Hands of Experts
The name of our clinic tells you everything you need to know about the quality of our treatment for degenerative scoliosis in New Jersey. We specialize in scoliosis here, as our lead doctor, Dr. Lonner, is an expert in the treatment of this condition.
We explore your medical history thoroughly and then perform a physical examination. Following that, you’ll undergo imaging diagnostics like x-rays (and possibly CT scans and MRIs).
Some patients may require a myelogram, in which a liquid dye is injected to reveal the extent of nerve impingement and to identify implicated vertebrae.
There’s good news for people seeking treatment for degenerative scoliosis in New Jersey. Most cases of this condition can be treated with non-invasive methods.
A combination of conservative treatments is what’s usually pursued, deploying soft tissue therapies, drug therapy and exercises to build up the muscles of the core.
Some cases that demand bracing be used as a corrective measure to straighten the spine and relieve pain.
But if non-surgical modalities aren’t effective, surgery is sometimes called on as a last resort. This may also be the case for progressive curves over 45 degrees in acuity and for those instances in which the curvature has inhibited cardiopulmonary functions.
Treatment for degenerative scoliosis in New Jersey may also take the form of active observation, as we monitor the curve for progression. We’ll also work with you on bio-mechanical issues which may be contributing to the problem, deploying key exercises to strengthen you and relieve pain.
If you suspect you may have degenerative scoliosis, contact us.