Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

X-Ray of Adult Degenerative Scoliosis X-RayScoliosis in adults is due to degeneration of the disc and facet joints of the spine. This can start to occur later in life or may be due to an existing adolescent scoliosis. Due to the uneven loading of the bones of the spine, it causes asymmetrical growth and degeneration leading to further progression of the curve. Pain symptoms are commonly associated with Adult Degenerative Scoliosis.

Treatment using the Schroth Method aims to stabilise the spine through strengthening the spinal muscles, improving spinal mobility and improving posture in the areas contributing to the pain and progression of the curvature.

While chronic pain as a result of a scoliosis can occur with any degree of curve, the larger the curve the larger the incidence of chronic pain.1 Approximately 61% of adults with a scoliosis will experience chronic pain.2 So if we can reduce the progression of the curve, we can hopefully reduce the amount of pain experienced that can affect a patients quality of life.


1 – Kostuik JP, Bentivoglio J. The incidence of low-back pain in adult scoliosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1981 May-Jun
2 – Weinstein SL, Dolan LA, Spratt KF, Peterson KK, Spoonamore MJ, Ponseti IV. Health and function of patients with untreated idiopathic scoliosis: a 50-year natural history study. JAMA. 2003 Feb