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Conditions of the Aging Spine

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Whether you've developed the condition in childhood or as an adult, the aging process can cause or intensify symptoms of scoliosis or a related condition. Abnormal curvature of the spine and other spine conditions affect patients of all ages, even those well into their 60s, 70s, or 80s. So if you find yourself requiring treatment, you are not alone.



Osteoporosis & Compression Fractures

Osteoporosis is a decrease in bone mass, more commonly seen in women during the post-menopausal period. 

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Osteoarthritis & Related Conditions

Degeneration of the discs and the small joints of the spine (facet joints) is generally a normal part of the aging process.

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Spinal Stenosis

As arthritis or disk degeneration and facet arthritis worsens, the spinal canal (the space which contains the spinal cord and nerve roots) can narrow—causing stenosis. 

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Herniated or Ruptured Lumbar Disc

Herniated discs most commonly arise in patients ages 20 to 50 years, but can occur at all ages. In older patients, they may again be associated with arthritis and nerve root compression.

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Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease

Neck pain and stiffness frequently occur in the aging spine. This is due to arthritic changes in the joints and degenerated discs, often revealed through regular x-rays.

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Patient Stories

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