Scoliosis is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 10 and 15. People often think it doesn’t really affect anyone outside those age brackets. It’s easy to assume that anyone diagnosed with scoliosis was diagnosed as an adolescent or as an adult with this condition just didn’t do anything about it at the time.
Adolescence is most often the time when a diagnosis of scoliosis is more likely to develop. Sudden growth spurts and bodies that are growing rapidly anyways make the spine much more prone to curvature.
There are some children who develop scoliosis years before however and this condition is known as juvenile scoliosis. Even many older adults who have had a perfectly healthy spine can develop scoliosis later in life. Conditions such as osteoporosis or the natural ageing or weakening of the body can result in a curvature of the spine. One such condition many older people have is a hump on their upper back which can be caused by a curvature of their upper spine. So the answer to the question is that although it’s more likely to develop during adolescence it can develop later on in life as well.
Treatment for scoliosis has traditionally been spinal fusion surgery as a way to correct the curvature of the spine and prevent it worsening. Undergoing any surgical procedure comes with a certain amount of risks and it’s possible complications. For the very young and very old surgery can be something they especially want to avoid. Patients often look to alternatives to surgery to treat their condition.