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Scoliosis

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition that results in a curve or a deviation in the spine. It can occur secondary to either postural reasons (muscle imbalance and postural faults), or structural (due to the development process of your spine).

In both cases, detection and follow up is essential to commence an immediate postural program as well as strengthening. In some cases the degree of curve, especially if there is a twist, will need close monitoring and sometimes will need a Specialists opinion.

How long will it last?

With early intervention from the practitioners at The Sports Injury Clinic and a specific treatment plan, Scoliosis can be managed to prevent rapid deterioration. It is however permanent and the aims are to prevent further curve development and effect on other parts of the spine. In severe cases, specialist bracing may need to be considered during your growth stages to correct the degree of angle (the Cobb angle) in scoliosis.

Symptoms

The signs & symptoms of Scoliosis include:

  • The appearance of one shoulder or hip being higher than the other, or more rounded.
  • Pain may be present on prolonged sitting (computer, slouching) or pain may occur with weight bearing or twisting activity.
  • Stiffness in the spine, loss of flexibility (can effect the hips and legs), difficulty with holding one's self erect.

Suggestions for managing Scoliosis

  • You will be referred for an X-Ray to assess the degree of scoliosis. This will determine the Cobb angle of your spine and will be used to assess your progress.
  • Staying active as advised by your physiotherapist.
  • Commencing a postural strengthening and stretching program (for both types of scoliosis) as advised by one of The Sports Injury Clinics Specialists in Spinal Programs. You may be referred to a specialist class of Pilates specifically designed for Scoliosis.
  • Rest from aggravating activity (no prolonged sitting/slouching) and learning strategies for school/study.
  • Taping from your physiotherapist to improve your spine's posture in the early stage. Learn correct posture of how to unload your back and relieve muscle spasm if it exists as well as providing feedback on how to use your muscles correctly.
  • Placing a lumbar roll behind your back while sitting: we recommend placing it vertically between the shoulder blades.
  • Your physiotherapist may also recommend Massage Therapy to assist in the management of your Scoliosis.
  • Your practitioner may refer you to a Sports Physician for further investigations for your Scoliosis to determine referral to a Specialist

Professional treatment options

Contact us now for immediate advice regarding Scoliosis.