Degenerative scoliosis is a spinal condition that causes the spine to develop misaligned, curving to the left or right. This curvature is most commonly due to the degenerative nature of the condition. The facet joints, that normally support the spine in its upright position, have begun to wear down or provide support unevenly. This imbalance will only get worse if it isn’t corrected and can actually lead to other conditions like spinal stenosis. Stenosis is the narrowing of openings within your spine that will eventually pinch nerves surrounding the spine.
Patients suffering from degenerative scoliosis often experience pain in their lower back, although it varies based on your condition. This pain doesn’t occur suddenly, instead, you will gradually experience pain that increases over time as the condition worsens. Degenerative scoliosis causes pressure on the nerve roots and as a result of spinal stenosis, impairs nerve function and numbness or in severe cases, loss of function.
Symptoms Of Degenerative Scoliosis
Symptoms associated with degenerative scoliosis are commonly found in the lower back, but extending to other areas of the body as well. Some patients end up suffering from radiating leg pain, commonly referred to as sciatica. This type of radiating pain, or radiculopathy, can cause tingling or numbness that can radiate down into the legs or feet. The other symptoms of degenerative scoliosis are as follows:
- Dull ache or stiffness in the mid to low back
- Sharp back pain that can radiate down into the leg
- Postural changes. As degeneration progresses, the shoulders and/or hips could become uneven
- Tingling and/or numbness (pins-and-needles)
- Pain is worse in the morning or after intense periods of activity
Treating Degenerative Scoliosis With Non-Invasive Spinal Decompression
The specialists at West Texas Neck and Back utilize state of the art technology to isolate the source of your condition, allowing us to apply therapy in an incredibly effective and efficient way. By gently stretching the spine, we remove the pressure on the spinal joints and allow the area to heal and properly align. Call or book a consultation online to meet with a doctor and take your first step towards a healthier spine.