San Francisco Chiropractor and Disc Pain expert comments on the relationship between abnormal curvature of the spine and Osteoarthritis (abnormal wear and tear), degenerative joint disease, and disc herniations:
The spine should be straight from the front. If the spine deviates to the left or right we call it scoliosis. Most of the time scoliosis is of unknown origin, what the medical folks call idiopathic. Chiropractors know better, we will get to this later. The bottom line is when the spine loses it's normal straight position by deviating to the right or left resulting in a scoliosis, it creates abnormal stresses on the spinal joints, discs, ligaments and tendons. And, the muscles have to work a lot harder just to hold the spine upright. This can lead to premature disc disease and degenerative joint disease (DJD). It can also result in disc herniations because the disc were designed to work with a spine that is straight. The strange thing is, you can have a scoliosis and be well into your adult life and not even know it. In fact, most scoliosis is detected in adults which makes it difficult to know the true origin. I have uncovered hundreds of cases of adult scoliosis in my 15 years as a chiropractor in San Francisco. In fact, it's a weekly occurrence. Often times patients are shocked.