What are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. It is most often diagnosed in childhood or early adolescence. This bend can get worse during growth, causing complaints such as back pain or difficulty breathing. There are other symptoms such as leg length difference, tilted pelvis, radiating pain, fatigue, increased muscle tone, decreased mobility and uneven distribution of muscle strength. Scoliosis can be treated effectively with physiotherapy to reduce discomfort and further curvature.
What is the cause?
A scoliosis has sometimes been present since birth (also known as congenital scoliosis), but it usually becomes apparent between the age of 10 and 15 when children are growing. It can also arise at a later age due to the aging process. In 80% of cases, the cause is unknown.
What types of Scoliosis curves exist?
There are generally three types:
Scoliosis with a C-shape
In this case, the spine has grown to one pitch and a single bend can be seen.
Scoliosis with a S-shape
The spine has grown on both sides and two bends have been created.
Scoliosis in combination with a ‘Gibbus’
The combination of a C-shape and S-shape is often accompanied by a twisting of the spine. This can be seen in a hump in the high back, which is also called a “gibbus”.
The role of physiotherapists in the treatment of scoliosis is evolving. Increasingly, research is identifying the need for treatment as well as defining role of physiotherapy in the management of this condition. Screening for early diagnosis, prevention of curve progression, bracing stabilization exercises, pain management are all roles that physiotherapy may assist in.
It is also important to get treatment as soon as possible. The sooner physiotherapy for scoliosis starts, the better the recovery and the more effective the treatments. The treatment ensures that the pain and complaints in your back decrease, so that the back does not curve “further”. In addition, you will learn what you can do to increase the mobility of your back and how to get a better posture.
Objectives of Physiotherapy
The aim of the therapy is to prevent the aggravation of scoliosis and preferably to reduce it. Fysio Masters Scoliosis Best Practice is a suitable treatment for both children in growth and for fully grown teenagers. Older (operated) scoliosis patients, patients with asymmetrical posture pain can also benefit greatly from this approach. Our physiotherapy treatments aim to:
- Eliminate leg length difference by foot arch supports
- Manage and reduce pain
- Reduce curve progression (with and without bracing)
- Increase mobility
- Improve posture
- Increase strength and spinal stability through exercises
Common treatment methods for back pain as a result of this condition are, for example:
- Spinal Mouse Back Scan
- Manual Therapy
- Kinesio Taping
- Scoliosis Massage
- Dry Needling
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