Scoliosis is a disorder causing an abnormal curve in the spine. When looking at the front or the back of the spine, it should appear straight. With scoliosis there are additional curves in the spine that will appear to be a C shape or S shape. The cause is unknown and occurs more often in females rather than males. It is most common to develop in people around 10-15 years old. There is no cure for scoliosis but there are treatments that can relieve pain and to try and prevent it from getting worse. Depending on the severity, surgery is sometimes an option.
Muscles surrounding the spine or in other parts of the body may be weakened due to the change in the spines position. Physical therapy is a good non-invasive alternative to improve mobility and strength as well as decrease pain, if any.
The following is what your therapy session may look like:
- Depending on the location of the abnormal curve, you may warm up on a bike, treadmill, or with a hot pack.
- Gentle stretching of the spine and extremities within tolerance to increase mobility.
- Strengthening exercises to improve musculature symmetry and posture.
- Core exercises to help stabilize the spine.
- Manual techniques performed by the Therapist may include soft tissue work (massage) and joint mobilizations to improve mobility or restrictions in the muscles and joints.
- Modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation may be used to relieve pain or soreness after a session.
- Education on proper movement patterns and retraining posture.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.
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