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Figure 1: Degenerative scoliosis.
Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
This condition also goes by the name “de novo” (new) scoliosis. As the name implies, this variety begins in the adult patient due to degeneration of the discs, arthritis of the adjacent facet joints and collapse and wedging of the disc spaces (Figure 1)
. It is typically seen in the lumbar spine (lower back). It is usually accompanied by straightening of the spine from the side (loss of lumbar lordosis). Pain, stiffness, numbness and shooting pain down the legs are seen in symptomatic patients.