Although untreated or undiagnosed adolescent scoliosis can lead to scoliosis in adult life, degenerative scoliosis has several predominant causes:
Along with the slow onset of back pain, other symptoms may be present:
The first step in degenerative scoliosis diagnosis can begin at home. Your doctor will need to be brought up to speed on your medical history. It may be useful to think about the following questions ahead of time:
After a review of your x-rays, other tests may be needed such as an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CAT scan (computer assisted tomography). Sharp or shaking pain along the nerve path, neuralgia, may be caused by pressure on the nerve from nearby bones, blood vessels, ligaments or tumors. An MRI will show the nerves and spinal cord; a CAT scan will provide a look at both the bones and the soft tissues in your spine.
Non-surgical treatments attempt to minimize pain and increase the range of motion. A variety of other treatment options may be recommended before surgery:
Lumbar Decompression Surgery in combination with spinal fusion is one type of neurosurgery to correct degenerative scoliosis. Your surgeon alleviates the damaging pressure caused by a degenerated disc or bone spur.
You can rest assured knowing that NSPC has world-class neurosurgeons to provide excellent degenerative scoliosis treatment options, conveniently located in New York state. Although our headquarters are on Long Island, we routinely treat patients from across the Tri-State area.
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