Treatment options for degenerative scoliosis

Scoliosis is described as the curvature of the spine from one side to the other. This condition can progress in adulthood due to its degenerative nature. The curvature of degenerative (adult onset) scoliosis can lead to the nerves being pinched in the spine, which requires immediate attention by a doctor in order to come up with a treatment that works best for you.

It is important to consult a doctor prior to starting any scoliosis treatment plan in order to 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, the overall level of health and other factors.

Scoliosis treatment can take on 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 scoliosis may not benefit from bracing at all. Read the following article to learn about the conservative, alternative and surgical treatment options available for this condition.

Conservative treatment methods for degenerative scoliosis

When it comes to treating degenerative scoliosis with conservative means, a doctor may recommend the following treatments:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Pain medication
  • Weight management

These methods are considered the go-to treatment options for most adult scoliosis patients, as they’ve been proven to provide measurable relief from symptoms associated with the condition.

Alternative treatment methods for degenerative scoliosis

Some patients may choose to explore alternative scoliosis treatment methods. These may include spinal manipulation by a chiropractor, massage, acupuncture, yoga or Pilates. While most of the mainstream medical community disagree 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.

If degenerative scoliosis surgery becomes an option

If conservative and/or alternative scoliosis treatment methods fail to provide relief to a degenerative scoliosis patient, a doctor 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 you’re considering surgical treatment for degenerative scoliosis, consider the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. Our board-certified surgeons+ perform various procedures that can address both spinal nerve compression and curvature of the lumbar spine caused by adult scoliosis. Contact us learn more about the types of degenerative scoliosis procedures we offer.

By using a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques, our surgeons can decompress the pinched nerve in your spine in order to free up the nerve and provide the patient with lasting relief from their symptoms. These muscle-sparing techniques help patients avoid an extensive spinal fusion surgery, thereby offering a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^

Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive degenerative scoliosis procedures, reach out to our dedicated team and ask for a no-cost MRI review.* We can help you recapture your life from this debilitating condition.