Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves sideways rather than the more standard front to back curvatures. This change to the shape of the spine may be caused by genetics, underlying conditions or as we age – degeneration.
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type and is detected around puberty. Although this condition is often painless it is important to have it evaluated as untreated curve that may continue to progress.
You may not notice the changes in the spine at first. Scoliosis is often first noticed by a change in the angle of the waist or the observation of a higher shoulder. A physician or a physiotherapist with training in scoliosis can assess whether these changes are caused by the spine and are sufficient to warrant an X-ray. In adolescents early detection is best as there are more options for treatment if they are still growing.
Treatment is determined by the degree of curvature and the maturity of the bone. Options range from exercise, to bracing, or surgery.
Your therapist at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic will help you to understand the treatment options as well as provide exercises to improve your core and correct underlying muscle imbalances. We are experienced in the treatment of adult and adolescent, operative and non-operative scoliosis conditions. We work with you through all stages of treatment to ensure the best recovery and long-term plan for managing this condition.