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Can I develop scoliosis as an adult?

It is possible to develop scoliosis as an adult because of wear and tear on the spine.

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.

Dr. Luke Macyszyn, MD
Neurosurgeon

Adults may also develop scoliosis, which is termed degenerative scoliosis. The reasons for the development of scoliosis in adults are different than in children and adolescents. Depending on the severity of the scoliosis, other medical conditions and bone quality of the adult patient, surgery may be indicated.

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