Recent advances in the treatment of painful adult scoliosis

Clin Orthop Relat Res. Mar-Apr 1980;(147):238-52.


Pain is the major cause for surgical intervention in adults with scoliosis and it accounts for 65% of cases. With improved techniques of surgery, including anterior approaches, and better diagnostic methods, including the use of diskography, the satisfactory results of surgical correction have improved from 65-75% to 85-90% of the reported cases. Anterior instrumentation has resulted in decreased pseudarthrosis rates and reduction of lumbar lordosis deformities.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Back Pain / etiology*
  • Back Pain / therapy
  • Bone Screws
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc / diagnostic imaging
  • Methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Orthopedic Fixation Devices
  • Radiography
  • Scoliosis / complications
  • Scoliosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Scoliosis / surgery*