Posted: 13th June 2019
Posted in: News
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is when the spine curves to the side. Normally, a typical spine looks straight when we look from behind. The spine of an individual with scoliosis may look like a “C” or “S” shape. The spine can also twist at the same time. This twisting can pull the ribcage out of position and affect the lung function.
There are two general categories of scoliosis:
Structural scoliosis occurs when the spine has an actual physical curve and the curve is permanent.
Functional scoliosis occurs when the patient appears to have a curve in their spine but it is actually caused by another condition, such as leg length difference or muscle imbalance.
Scoliosis can affect people at different points in their lives. It can happen:
What causes scoliosis?
In most cases the cause is unknown. Sometimes the scoliosis is secondary to a neuromuscular condition, such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. Scoliosis can also develop as part of a syndrome, such as Marfan syndrome.
What are the treatment options and how can Generation Physio help?
Bracing is a common treatment option in young children and teenagers which aims to reduce the increase in spinal curvatures. Bracing is an effective way to prevent the curve progressing to a degree that requires surgery.
There are bracing options for older adult with scoliosis, but those braces have a different purpose. The main goal for adult bracing is to reduce pain and improve ability to perform daily tasks
Surgery is only recommended when the spinal curvature reaches a certain degree and when a person’s quality of life is significantly affected. The goals of surgery are to prevent your scoliosis getting larger and to correct the curvature as much as possible.
How Gen Physio & Allied Health can help