Scoliosis, or spine curvature, often develops in adolescents as they reach puberty, which is stressful enough without battling a physical constraint. Although the exact cause is not often clear, rarer cases have been linked to neuromuscular disorders, muscular dystrophy, or cerebral palsy. However, a variety of therapies, including scoliosis-specific physical therapy, are available.
What are the warning signs of scoliosis?
Scoliosis may be recognized by a child’s upper body alignment being out of alignment. Scoliosis may be a factor if one hip and/or shoulder seems to be higher than the other or if one shoulder blade appears to be more prominent.
In more advanced cases, back discomfort, a significant bend in the spine, or ribs that are clearly more noticeable on one side may all be indicators of scoliosis. Breathing difficulties may arise due to your ribcage pressing on one or both lungs.
What are the common treatments for scoliosis?
In children with moderate to severe instances, scoliosis generally needs further intervention beyond physical therapy alone. In cases of moderate scoliosis, bracing is a frequent treatment method.
However, in mild situations, physical treatment may suffice. Additionally, PT may be used to supplement more intensive therapy in moderate to severe instances.
How does physical therapy help scoliosis?
Our physical therapists in Eden Prairie, MN can assist you in retraining your body to work more efficiently with your specific alignment difficulties. We have advanced training in Pilates matwork therapy to strengthen and restore healthy posture. Additionally, physical therapy improves range of motion and strengthens areas of the body that have been compromised by misalignment.
Physical therapy is especially beneficial for scoliosis patients who have developed stiff muscles and joints over time. Physical therapy can never be started too late. To begin your treatment, schedule a free consultation at Wellspring Health Center in Eden Prairie, MN.