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How does scoliosis happen in adults?

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As you get older, wear and tear damages the bones and joints in your spine. The disks that sit between them start to break down. As this happens, the disks lose height and start to tilt. This causes your spine to curve.

Often, back pain is the first sign of scoliosis in adults. The pain may be from bone damage in the back -- not the scoliosis itself. As the spine curves, it can put pressure on nearby nerves and cause symptoms like weakness and numbness.

From: What Are the Symptoms of Scoliosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Boston Children's Hospital: "Congenital Scoliosis Symptoms Causes."

Cincinnati Children's: "Early Onset Scoliosis (Infantile Scoliosis)."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Scoliosis in Adults: An Overview."

Nemours Foundation: "Scoliosis."

Scoliosis Research Society: "Scoliosis."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Scoliosis Symptoms."

St. Louis Children's Hospital: "Scoliosis."

UCLA Health: "Adult Scoliosis."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "A Patient's Guide to Anatomy and Function of the Spine," "Degenerative Adult Scoliosis."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Boston Children's Hospital: "Congenital Scoliosis Symptoms Causes."

Cincinnati Children's: "Early Onset Scoliosis (Infantile Scoliosis)."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Scoliosis in Adults: An Overview."

Nemours Foundation: "Scoliosis."

Scoliosis Research Society: "Scoliosis."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Scoliosis Symptoms."

St. Louis Children's Hospital: "Scoliosis."

UCLA Health: "Adult Scoliosis."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "A Patient's Guide to Anatomy and Function of the Spine," "Degenerative Adult Scoliosis."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

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