Scoliosis is medical condition wherein the spine gets curved sideward, resulting in one or even two curves, making the spine appear more like an ‘S’ shape. In some cases, the spine shows a rotation component. This rotation starts when scoliosis becomes more pronounced. This is known as torsion-scoliosis, causing a gibbus. Scoliosis can be present from birth. Such instances are called congenital scoliosis.
Other types of scoliosis can be developed during growth, and the causes for this are yet to be found.
Types of Scoliosis:
Symptoms of Scoliosis:
Physical signs that parents should look for in children after the age of 8 are -
Scoliosis does not result from poor posture, which is contrary to common belief. But, it can progress to a more severe curve as a result of poor posture of weak spinal muscles.
Diagnosis of Scoliosis:
Diagnosis of Scoliosis is usually undertaken during a routine clinical examination by your physiotherapist or doctor.
Your physiotherapist will examine your spine, shoulders, rib cage, pelvis, legs and feet for abnormalities and asymmetry. If they suspect a significant scoliosis, they will arrange for X-rays to confirm your cobb angle- or severity of scoliosis.
Treatment for Scoliosis:
Scoliosis can be treated by therapeutic options in cases of congenital scoliosis include congenital or surgical approaches.
Physical therapy has three important tasks: to inform, advise and instruct. For the treatment of scoliosis, it’s not only important to do the correct exercises but the physical therapist also informs the patient about his / her situation. To prevent the worsening of scoliosis, some physiotherapists recommend a brace. Results demonstrate that brace treatment is better than no-treatment or electrical stimulation.
Physical therapy aims consist of -
Performing appropriate exercises with the guidance of a professional physiotherapist is a must. A physiotherapist knows which side is curved and accordingly designs a plan of routine exercises that the patient has to perform and follow strictly. If you’re suffering from any type of scoliosis, do not hesitate to contact our professional physiotherapists who can help your remedy the problem.