Physical therapy treatments can be used to provide treatment for a wide range of issues and conditions.
From orthopedic issues, to sports injuries, and menstrual pain, if you are seeking help for a wide range of conditions, we’re Capitol Physical Therapy, a physical therapy clinic in Washington DC and we want to help.
Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the ways physical therapy can help with scoliosis.
What Is Scoliosis?
Simply put, scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine.
In people without scoliosis, the spine curves gently towards the front of the body at the neck, or where the cervical spine is located, and again at the base of the spine, at the lumbar or lower back region.
The spine of people with scoliosis curves from side-to-side instead of front-to-back, creating either a “C” or “S” shape.
In some individuals this curvature of the spine remains stable over the course of their lifetime, however for others it can get worse over time.
Generally mild cases of scoliosis don’t typically cause too many issues, however severe cases may result in impaired breathing and poor mobility.
When scoliosis appears in children, they will often require regular check-ups in order to monitor the progression of the disease as they grow.
The amount of pain associated with scoliosis can vary from none at all to debilitating.
What Are The Signs Of Scoliosis?
The severity of symptoms of scoliosis generally depends on the severity of the disease.
Symptoms to watch for include:
- Back pain
- Difficulty breathing due to less ability for the chest to expand
- Spinal rotation
- Uneven hips and waist
- Uneven shoulder blades
- One shoulder blade that sticks out
What Causes Scoliosis?
In up to 80 percent of scoliosis cases, there is no one identifiable cause.
Usually diagnosed within the first seven years of life, when there is a cause it is generally found to be one of the following:
- Cerebral palsy, a disorder which affects the nervous system
- Muscular dystrophy, genetic disorders which result in muscle weakness
- Spinal infection or injury
- Genetic condition – individuals with a family history are more prone to developing scoliosis
- Birth defects affecting the bones such as spinal Bifida
- Neurological abnormalities
In general, girls are more likely to develop scoliosis with severe symptoms than boys, making scoliosis a women’s health physical therapy issue.
How Can Physical Therapy Help With Scoliosis?
It is important to note that no cure for scoliosis exists, however it is possible to provide treatment which can help to lessen its symptoms.
In this section, we’ll take a look at the ways physical therapy can help reduce the symptoms of scoliosis.
1. Manual Therapy
Manual therapy is a form of hands-on treatment in which the physical therapist manipulates the way your body moves in order to help retrain movement patterns.
Your physical therapist will use techniques which address tissue and joint dysfunctions to improve mobility and reduce pain.
2. Strength Training
Strength training can be used to help regain core strength as well as the muscles of areas such as the shoulders, head and feet.
Core strength is particularly important, because these muscles support the spinal column.
Some good exercises to consider are squats with no extra weight, upright rows with dumbbells or a barbell and the “superman” in which one lies on their stomach, extends their arms in front of them and lifts their feet and arms.
3. Range Of Motion Exercises
Because scoliosis can result in limited range of motion, exercises to help individuals regain their mobility are an important part of therapy.
Some exercises which can help include upward and downward dog, step-down and reach, and split stance with arm reach.
Book An Appointment With Capitol Physical Therapy
Have you been diagnosed with scoliosis and want help to manage your symptoms and regain mobility?
Perhaps your child is showing signs of spinal curvature and you want to ensure they have the support they need as they grow, and as their scoliosis progresses.
Capitol Physical Therapy can help.
We can provide therapies and solutions to help manage your scoliosis and help to improve your quality of life.
Contact us today.
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Washington, DC 20005
9560 Pennsylvania Ave. # 202,
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Capitol Physical Therapy offers orthopedic and other pain related solutions, with our versitile team of physical therapists in Washington, DC