The most common form of scoliosis is termed “idiopathic” scoliosis. “Idiopathic” sounds like a complicated word, but literally refers to a condition or disease with no known cause.
Idiopathic Scoliosis occurs in approximately 2% the population and is by far the most common cause of scoliosis in children.
In adults the most common form of scoliosis is termed “degenerative” scoliosis, because it comes about through age-related, wear and tear-related deterioration in the spine’s structure.
So let’s deal with pain. Well, idiopathic scoliosis rarely causes pain, although from personal experience if pain does evidence itself it will be during the night as the spinal muscles relax and the spine itself adopts a straighter configuration.
As you might imagine, it can be a different story in adults. Degenerative changes, often called “arthritis of the spine” can occur at all levels of the back and can result in a gradual narrowing of the disc spaces between vertebrae, wearing out of the joints, as well as narrowing of the space available for the nerves.
Degenerative scoliosis means the spine has started to lose its structural stability and will gradually develop abnormal curvatures. These can be painful and lead to symptoms including back pain, stooped posture, leg problems and progressive difficulty in walking which requires frequent rests and activity limitation.
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A new study has been published in the journal Spine, which tracked fifty adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients following spinal fusion surgery. The paper, titled “Predictors of Postoperative Pain Trajectories in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis(AIS)” found that while pain declined with time, …
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