Can I develop scoliosis as an adult?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

In most cases where an adult is suffering from scoliosis, the condition was likely undiagnosed in the patient's adolescence. However, some adults with degenerative bone diseases may develop scoliosis as adults. Injury, tumors and infections (such as tuberculosis of the spine) can possibly cause scoliosis in adults as well. Adults who suffer from osteoporosis and spinal arthritis should follow up any scoliosis symptoms with their doctors.

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