Diagnosis of Adult Onset Scoliosis

Dr. Maziar Badii, MD, FRCP, Rheumatologist, discusses the diagnosis Diagnosis of Adult Onset Scoliosis

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Dr. Maziar Badii, MD, FRCP, Rheumatologist, discusses the diagnosis Diagnosis of Adult Onset Scoliosis
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Featuring Dr. Maziar Badii, MD, FRCP

Diagnosis of Adult Onset Scoliosis Duration: 1 minute, 34 seconds

Now when it comes to adult onset scoliosis, or scoliosis that comes on after we’ve stopped growing, it’s important to see your doctor about this because it could potentially need more investigations.

A lot of this depends on the age when the scoliosis comes on. All of us, as we get older, we have thinning of the discs. We have degenerative changes in the joints in the spine, and this can cause a curve.

That’s called the degenerative scoliosis. It’s usually mild and it doesn't cause any secondary problems like nerve – pressure on the nerves or difficulty breathing or pressure on the heart and lung, the thorax.

It comes much later in life. That scoliosis can simple be observed. But a scoliosis at a younger age, so if someone didn't have a scoliosis at age 20, or 30, or 40, 50, there is a scoliosis that comes on rapidly, and it’s progressing rapidly, it really does need attention by your physician. And it’s one that your physician will likely then ask for additional tests like an MRI, and perhaps refer to a spinal specialist for further investigations.

If you think you have a scoliosis, either because you’ve seen asymmetry of your posture yourself, or if someone has commented that you may have an abnormal curve in your spine, see your family physician. They can examine you and answer your questions.

You might visit a rheumatologist for information on what is, conditions, side effects, symptoms and treatments related to the diagnosis of adult onset scoliosis, joint pain, and other spinal disorders.

Presenter: Dr. Maziar Badii, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Rheumatologist

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