Scoliosis is people who have an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. The curvature can be in any part of the spine, but the most commonly affected regions are the upper spine and the lower back. It can occur at any age, even in children! It is more common in females than in males. Symptoms are not always visible, but people with symptoms normally have uneven shoulders or hips due to the curve of the spine or lean to one side.
Causes of scoliosis
In 80% of scoliosis cases, the cause is unknow, and this is called idiopathic scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis is not preventable and is also not seen to be linked to factors such as diet, bad posture, or exercise. In some cases, it may also come down to your genes, as it sometimes runs in families. Yet, less commonly, scoliosis may be caused by:
Congenital Scoliosis – Congenital means that the condition was present at birth, and the bones in the spine were not forming properly in the womb.
Neuromuscular Scoliosis – an underlying nerve or muscle condition, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy
Degenerative Scoliosis – wear and tear of the spine with age, which generally affects older age groups
How Can Physiotherapy Help?
Our physiotherapist will assess and formulate a treatment plan according to your needs.
- Assessment of spine
- Assessment of movement patterns
- Advice and rehab exercises to improve mobility and alignment
- Manual treatment and soft tissue release for pain relief