According to the American Physical Therapy Association, Scoliosis is a condition that affects the normal shape of the spine, altering a person’s overall trunk alignment and posture. It is estimated that 2-3% of the population may have scoliosis. Spinal curvatures can range from mild to severe and can require different treatments. Scoliosis is best managed with a comprehensive team approach that, in addition to the patient, may include family, physicians, orthopedic- or neurosurgeon, orthotist, and physical therapist. Common signs of scoliosis include uneven shoulder height, uneven waistline or hip height, other postural changes, or joint pain.
How can physical therapy help?
Physical therapists can provide care throughout the continuum of scoliosis management. This may include assisting with bracing decisions as well as conducting assessments before and after potential surgical management. We will provide a comprehensive examination to assess posture, movement patterns of the whole body, and will be able to identify limitations caused by changes in the spine. Our treatment plan will also address other symptoms, such as pain and muscle imbalances. Treatment may include range of motion exercises, strength training, manual “hands-on” therapy, and functional training to help you achieve the best results possible.