Scoliolis is defined as the sideways curvature of the spine, appearing in three different ways: Levoscoliosis, Dextroscoliosis, and Idiopathic. Levoscoliosis refers to the spine curving to the left in the shape of the letter C and, in an opposite manner, Dextroscoliosis curves the spine to the right, shaping it into a backwards letter C. The final appearance, Idiopathic, causes the spine to curve in two different directions, shaping it like the letter S. Surprisingly, while these spinal curvatures would appear to be noticeable, the spine typically appears straight from the back in all three forms. Scoliosis affects 2-3% of the general population, but is most commonly found in females rather than males.
Scoliosis is most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 10 and 18. In an assessment, medical professionals will typically look for the appearance of spine curvatures, uneven shoulders, and inadvertent hip alignments in a patient. Your doctor may advise you to take immediate treatment action in accordance with the high severity of your condition, in order to prevent any further curvature progression.
Scoliosis treatments are based on two factors; your skeletal maturity and the degree of spinal curvature. The best treatment plan for scoliosis patients follows the regimen of consistent physician observations, use of back braces, surgery treatment, and aid of physical therapy.
A physical therapist can treat scoliosis by determining the best course of treatment for that patient's curve severity. Together the patient and therapist will be able to design a plan tailored to the goals and treatment needs, noting any limitations or pain in the spine. Treatment methods therapists practice incorporate range of motion exercises to increase motion, strength training, manual therapy used to retrain movement patterns that have been restricted, and educational resources providing helpful information and effects of scoliosis movement.
Physical therapists can also assist during treatments of post surgery and brace alignments, evaluating your posture and addressing spinal movements and limitations.
Madison Physical Therapy treats many conditions of scoliosis pain and rehabilitation, offering individual treatment plans based on your condition severity and movement needs; our therapists can help you get your movement back and return to an active lifestyle.