How Common is Adult Scoliosis and What are My Treatment Options?

Scoliosis describes having an abnormal sideways curve to your spine. This curvature can vary in severity from a mild bend to an extreme deformity that limits the amount of space within your chest cavity and impacts your lung function.

Signs of scoliosis often include:

There are two forms of adult scoliosis: idiopathic scoliosis and degenerative scoliosis — or adult onset scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis begins in childhood, and degenerative scoliosis starts in adulthood. Our team at Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora in California takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating both forms of adult scoliosis. And, instead of relying on drugs or surgery, we create a holistic approach tailored to your individual needs.

Scoliosis in adults

If you had scoliosis as a child, you’ll likely continue experiencing issues as an adult, especially if you never received treatment. And, while only 3% of adolescents have scoliosis, a minimum of 60% of men and women age 60 and older have at least mild adult onset scoliosis. This form of scoliosis develops because of spinal degeneration.

Scoliosis can be a progressive condition, so your spinal curve can worsen over time without treatment. As your curvature becomes more pronounced, it can constrict your spinal cord and nerve roots, restrict joints, and cause muscle tightness and fatigue. All of these changes can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including: 

In very severe cases, scoliosis can also cause heart and lung damage.

Treating scoliosis in adults

To manage your condition and reduce your scoliosis symptoms, we take a personalized approach that doesn’t rely on medication or surgery. First, we complete a postural analysis that includes full-body laser scans, X-rays, and digital imaging. Then, we create a personalized spinal correction program tailored to your condition that relies on chiropractic adjustments, functional exercises, massage therapy, and the ScoliBrace®.

Chiropractic adjustments

It’s easy to assume that chiropractic adjustments will straighten your spine if you have scoliosis. But, this approach actually focuses on improving the functioning and mobility of your joints. By using chiropractic adjustments to manage adult scoliosis, we can reduce your pain, improve your posture, and keep you more comfortable. We can also address additional issues or symptoms that you may be having and prevent further spinal degeneration from developing.

Functional exercises 

Our functional exercise approach uses specialized techniques to help you learn how to use your body safely and more efficiently. These exercises strengthen your body and prepare it for movement by training it to use more than one joint or muscle group at a time. 

Massage therapy

Massage therapy focuses on reducing muscle tension, improving circulation, and supporting soft tissue health. As we work to address muscle tightness caused by your spinal and structural imbalances, you can expect to experience less pain, less stress, and improved physical health. Massage offers numerous benefits, especially for conditions that cause muscle tension, such as scoliosis.


The ScoliBrace is a revolutionary form of bracing for children, teens, and adults with scoliosis. The system relies on a custom-designed brace that is built to your specific needs. ScoliBrace also has a front closure system, which makes it easy to put on and take off without any help. Its low profile design also means it’s nearly invisible under clothing, so you can look better and feel better at the same time.

For more information on adult scoliosis and your treatment options, call us at Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora today.

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