Degenerative scoliosis

Degenerative scoliosis is also known as adult onset scoliosis. It usually begins after the age of 40. It is often related to osteoporosis in older patients.

With degenerative scoliosis, the spine tends towards an exaggerated C or S shape, which is caused by the vertebra twisting around one another in a corkscrew manner. This is often a gradual process that can go unnoticed until it becomes quite pronounced.

Often the cause of scoliosis is unknown but there is also little evidence to suggest a poor posture is to blame.

For most scoliosis patients there is no pain associated with the condition but sometimes, lower back pain may be experienced.


Painkillers are often used to treat pain initially.

Physiotherapy may also help with the pain.

Braces are not usually an option for adults but injections are a common treatment option.

Minimally invasive surgical procedures are also an option.