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Adult Scoliosis Specialist

Dr. S. Samuel Bederman -  - Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Dr. S. Samuel Bederman

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon & Back, Spine, & Neck Specialist located in Orange, CA

Scoliosis describes a side-to-side (S-shaped) curve of the spine that can cause pain and dysfunction. Mild cases of scoliosis can be managed with noninvasive treatments, but in some cases, spine surgery is the only treatment that will work. Expert orthopedic spine surgeon S. Samuel Bederman, MD, of RESTORE Orthopedics and Spine Center in Orange, California, provides evaluation and surgery, when necessary, for scoliosis cases. Call today to set up a review of your case or schedule an appointment online.

Adult Scoliosis Q & A


What is Adult Scoliosis?

Adult scoliosis, like childhood scoliosis, results in a side-to-side curve of the spine. For adults who had scoliosis in childhood, their curve may progress even after they are full-grown on average by 1° per year as the spine ages. The larger the curve the more likely it is to progress, which is why adult scoliosis specialists should monitor the curves over time. 

Other adults who never had scoliosis in childhood may develop late-onset scoliosis from wear and tear (degenerative) conditions such as disc degeneration or arthritis of the spine. These can cause progressive curvatures and loss of normal swayback leading to pain, stooped posture, or nerve problems.

What are the symptoms of Adult Scoliosis?

  • Numbness, cramping and shooting pain in the legs due to pinched nerves
  • Fatigue from strain on the muscles of the lower back and legs from bending knees and leaning back on hips
  • Stooped posture or listing to one side
  • Pain from an impingement of the ribs on the pelvis

How is Adult Scoliosis treated?

Dr. Bederman uses nonsurgical treatments whenever possible. For adult scoliosis, these treatments include:

  • Pain-relieving non-opioid medication
  • Physical therapy or other exercises aimed at strengthening muscles and improving flexibility and posture
  • Support garments
  • Epidurals or nerve block injections

What is involved in surgery for adult scoliosis?

Surgery may be necessary for patients who have failed to improve with non-surgical treatment, who have disabling back or leg pain, restricted function, reduced quality of life, or worsening posture/balance.  

Robotic surgery and 3D patient-specific guided surgery are safe and accurate ways to improve scoliosis surgery. Dr. Bederman is a pioneer in the field of robotic surgery and 3D patient-specific guided spinal surgery.

If you or a loved one suffers from abnormal curvature of the spine, call RESTORE Orthopedics and Spine Center or book an appointment online today for evaluation and treatment.