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Degenerative Scoliosis

Degenerative Scoliosis

Degenerative scoliosis, also known as adult scoliosis or adult-onset scoliosis, describes a side-to-side curvature of the spine caused by degeneration of the facet joints. The condition occurs most frequently occurs in people over 65 years of age.

The scoliosis curve, which typically forms a “C” shape, is located in the lumbar spine.

Causes of Degenerative Scoliosis

Degenerative scoliosis is caused by a gradual deterioration of the facet joints. This is the same process that causes osteoarthritis of the spine; however, in degenerative scoliosis the pressure of these deteriorating facet joints causes a straight spine, as viewed from the back, to begin to shift so that the spine curves to one side.


  • Uneven shoulders
  • One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
  • Uneven waist
  • One hip higher than the other
  • Leaning to one side
  • Fatigue