Arthritis and Scoliosis
Questions and answers about the relationship between Arthritis and Scoliosis
Is Scoliosis a form of arthritis?
While arthritis and scoliosis both have to do with joints Scoliosis is not a form of arthritis. Arthritis means inflammation of joints. Scoliosis is an improper alignment of the joint is the spinal column.
Does arthritis cause scoliosis?
In most cases the cause for scoliosis can not be determined and is not caused
by arthritis. That said arthritis of the spine can cause scoliosis. In children
serious Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis can cause severe inflammation of the
vertebrae of the spinal column and cause it to curve. In adults degenerative
arthritis can cause a break down of the disk material between the vertebrae and
damage to the vertebrae that can cause the spine to curve.
Does scoliosis cause arthritis?
Most of the time scoliosis does not lead to arthritis. But if left untreated the wear and tear on the disk and vertebrae of the spine can cause arthritis to form later in adulthood.
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