Degenerative Scoliosis Treatment Options
Scoliosis treatment can take many forms depending on the specific type of scoliosis a patient has. For example, an adolescent with scoliosis may benefit from bracing to help prevent curvature progression, while an adult with degenerative (adult onset) scoliosis may not benefit from bracing at all.
When it comes to treating adult onset scoliosis with other conservative (non-surgical) means, most physicians recommend one or more of the following treatments:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy
- Epidural steroid injections
- Facet joint injections
- Pain medication
- Water therapy
- Weight loss
These methods are considered the go-to treatment options for most adult scoliosis patients, as they’ve been proven to provide measureable relief from symptoms associated with the condition.
Alternative treatment methods
Some patients may choose to explore alternative scoliosis treatment methods. These may include spinal manipulation by a chiropractor, massage, acupuncture, acupressure and others. While most of the mainstream medical community disagrees regarding the effectiveness of alternative treatments, many patients report finding relief from their symptoms, whether they’ve used alternative treatments in lieu of or in conjunction with conservative treatments.
Consult a physician
The most important thing to remember prior to starting any scoliosis treatment plan is to consult a physician. He or she can ensure that certain prescribed treatments do not interact with or counteract each other, as well as suggest therapies that he or she believes will provide the most relief to a patient. Treatment regimens are formulated based on the severity of the patient’s condition, overall level of health and other factors.
If conservative and/or alternative scoliosis treatment methods fail to provide relief to an adult scoliosis patient, a physician may recommend surgery. It’s beneficial for a patient to obtain additional medical opinions to confirm the need for surgery and review all surgical options before signing a consent form.
If surgery becomes an option
If you’re considering surgical treatment for degenerative scoliosis, consider the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. Our orthopedic surgeons perform various procedures that can address both spinal nerve compression and curvature of the lumbar spine caused by adult scoliosis. To learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute.