Scoliosis often develops in young teens but it can appear at any age. No matter when you notice the curvature, early treatment helps prevent the curve from getting worse. The team at All Health Physical Therapy Inc. in Tucker, Georgia, has years of experience developing personalized treatment plans and solutions to improve spinal strength, maintain a healthy spine, and relieve your symptoms. If you or your teen need help with scoliosis, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Scoliosis is a condition that occurs when your spine develops an abnormal sideways curvature. When looking at your spine from behind, it normally forms a straight line. If you have scoliosis, the spine forms a C- or S-shaped curve. In severe cases, the spine may also rotate or twist.
Scoliosis may develop due to neuromuscular conditions or birth defects. In 80% of all adolescents, however, the cause can’t be determined, a condition called idiopathic scoliosis.
Scoliosis can develop at any age, but it most often appears between the ages of 10-15 years when the spinal curvature rapidly gets worse due to a growth spurt. Adults may have scoliosis that began in their teen years or they may develop degenerative scoliosis. Degenerative scoliosis occurs when age-related spine degeneration causes the unusual curvature.
Mild to moderate scoliosis in children and teens doesn’t typically cause pain, but it often affects their appearance. You may notice that one shoulder and one side of their hip is higher than the other.
When the curvature is severe, back pain and muscle spasms may occur. The curved spine may put pressure on their chest, which in turn can affect your child’s ability to breathe or make it harder for their heart to work properly.
Adults with degenerative scoliosis experience pain and stiffness caused by strained muscles and pinched nerves. Pinched nerves also cause tingling and pain that travels into your legs or arms.
During your first visit, your physical therapist at All Health Physical Therapy Inc. reviews your medical history and examines your spine to check for strength, flexibility, swelling, and tenderness. If you haven’t had an X-ray to confirm your diagnosis and determine the severity of the curvature, your therapist may refer you to a doctor for diagnostic imaging.
Your personalized physical therapy plan may include:
Your physical therapist also teaches you exercises to perform at home and gives you tips on how to move to maintain optimal alignment.
If you need help with scoliosis, call All Health Physical Therapy Inc. or book an appointment online today.