Do you or someone you know suffer from scoliosis? At The Wellness Boutique we offer conservative treatment for scoliosis and manage pre and post scoliosis surgery rehabilitation. June is a special month for us as we celebrate International Scoliosis Awareness Month– a month focused on uniting scoliosis patients, families, doctors and health professionals to promote awareness, education and advocacy of scoliosis. This is a perfect opportunity for us to share a little bit more the condition.
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that most commonly develops in early adolescent years. It affects roughly 4% of people worldwide (approximately 1 in 25 people) and is more prevalent in females. Scoliosis may be associated with pain, cause muscle and trunk asymmetries and in extreme cases affect breathing.
What causes scoliosis?
There are different types of scoliosis but the most common type is idiopathic scoliosis- this is seen in 80% of cases and the cause is unknown. Other types of scoliosis can be caused by birth detects, degenerative changes as you get older or neuromuscular conditions.
How do I know if I have scoliosis?
It is not always easy to determine if you have scoliosis, especially if your curve is very mild. Getting an X-ray is the best way to determine the angle and degree of your curvature. Physically you may notice the following:
- Tilting of your trunk with a tendency to lean to the left or right
- One shoulder blade is higher or more prominent than the other
- Uneven shoulder and hip height
- If you bend forward, your ribs may appear asymmetrical
- Clothes do not hang properly
- Uneven leg length
How is scoliosis treated?
Scoliosis treatment will depend on your age, presentation and the size/progression of your curve. In children, early detection is important as this will mean there is a greater scope of treatment available- a lot can be done to prevent curve progression as they grow.
Emerging evidence is showing the benefits of physiotherapy scoliosis specific exercises for postural correction, preventing curve progression and improving quality of life. Bracing is recommended for curves between 25 and 50 degrees and surgery is recommended for curves over 50.
By: Alexane Escot
Want to know more?
Book in with us at The Wellness Boutique! Alexane is our scoliosis expert physiotherapist and offers:
- Scoliosis specific exercise therapy
- Post scoliosis surgery rehabilitation
- Pain management associated with scoliosis