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Spinal Deformities

General Causes
As we age, our bones have a tendency to degenerate over time – the spine is no different. When joints begin to deteriorate, this can cause issues like arthritis to develop and in-turn, patients may experience a shift or curve in the spinal column. The main causes for spinal deformity in adults include:
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis or the loss of bones mass – can cause compression fractures in the vertebrae.
  • Prior Spinal Surgery – Procedures like spinal fusion are known to cause spinal deformity over time. Often times, any changes (fusion or disc removal, most commonly) to the spine, can cause instability or weakness to develop. This will throw off the balance of the spine and cause it to curve in one direction or another.