Scoliosis is a disorder in which there is a sideways curve of the spine. Curves are often S-shaped or C-shaped. In most people, there is no known cause for this curve. The most common type (idiopathic) is caused by unknown factors and typically occurs in children ages 10 to 12 and in their early teens. People of all ages can have scoliosis.


Also known as adult onset scoliosis, degenerative scoliosis occurs when the joints in the spine start to degenerate, forcing the spine to curve to one side in a sort of ‘C’ shape in the lower back. The degeneration process may happen slowly over time as a patient ages. Symptoms of degenerative scoliosis can range from a dull pain in the back to excruciating sensations radiating down the leg. These symptoms may make it harder or even impossible for a patient to walk. It’s important to note that degenerative scoliosis is completely separate from adolescent onset scoliosis