Treatment for Degenerative Scoliosis at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ
In adults, scoliosis treatment is designed to address an exaggerated side-to-side curvature of the spine. As explained by the spine experts at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ, adult-onset scoliosis (which differs from standard adolescent-onset scoliosis) is most often caused by age-related degenerative changes in the moving parts of the spine, including the hinge-like facet joints and cushioning spinal discs. Because these changes usually take place slowly over time, many people are initially unaware of them or do not require scoliosis treatment until the spinal asymmetry progresses to the point that it begins to cause discomfort.
When scoliosis symptoms develop, their main source is not the “C” shape of the spine. Rather, the pain can usually be traced to spinal joint inflammation or nerve root impingement that results from the excessive spinal curvature. These conditions may produce a dull ache in the low back, shock-like pains that radiate down an arm or leg, pins-and-needles sensations, or sharp leg pain that intensifies with walking and subsides with rest.
The treatment of degenerative scoliosis can vary based on a number of individual factors. At Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, we emphasize nonsurgical options whenever possible. For instance, many of our patients benefit from:
- Physical therapy
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Pain management
On the other hand, if degenerative scoliosis has resulted in spinal stenosis (narrowing), surgical treatment may be advised to alleviate painful pressure on the spinal cord or a nerve root. Surgery can directly address the source of the narrowing, such as a bone spur that has developed on a vertebra. For instance, to create make more room for cramped nerve tissue, a surgeon may perform a laminectomy to remove a portion of the lamina, which is the bony arch that covers the spinal canal. In some cases, surgical scoliosis treatment may involve a spinal fusion to help stabilize the spine.
If you’d like to learn more about scoliosis treatment, contact Spine Care New Jersey to schedule a consultation with a spine specialist at our office in Freehold, NJ.