Scoliosis is a 3-dimensional curve in the spine that is usually idiopathic (unknown cause). The components are: a curve of the spine laterally into an s or c shape, rotation of the spine and rib cage (often the cause of the “rib hump”), and changes in the kyphosis (rounding of the upper back) and lordosis (arching in the lower back). While scoliosis can sound scary, it is relatively common and there are treatment options. Here are 5 important facts about the treatment of scoliosis:
- Early Intervention is key: If your child’s curve is greater than 12 degrees and they are not finished growing, then scoliosis-specific exercises should be considered. Even if your child is not currently experiencing pain, Schroth/scoliosis-based exercises can help prevent progression of the curve.
- Scoliosis Specific Exercises are more effective than traditional physical therapy: You don’t have to “wait and see.” Our method focuses on the 3 Ps: Pain, posture, and prevention. We address any pain, improve the patient’s posture, and work with scoliosis-specific exercises unique to your curve to prevent progression (or often improve the curve in young patients). Traditional physical therapy may alleviate pain but will not help improve the curve itself.
- Schroth and bracing combined is more effective than Schroth alone or bracing alone. Your physical therapist and physician will help you decide if bracing is indicated. Typically, we recommend Scoliosis specific exercises/Schroth for curves greater than 12 degrees and the addition of bracing for curves close to 25 degrees. If you have a larger curve, the combination of exercises and bracing is more effective than either intervention alone.
- Signs of scoliosis in your child: Scoliosis can appear during rapid growth spurts and often in between yearly pediatrician checkups. Signs and symptoms of scoliosis in your child include uneven shoulders, uneven waist creases, and a rib hump in the forward bend test (one side of the ribcage appears higher than the other). If you notice any of these signs, bring your child to your pediatrician (or Compleo Waco) for a screen!
- You can still lead a full life with scoliosis: Regardless if you have a small curve that only needs monitoring or you end up in a brace, you can still lead a full life with scoliosis!
If you would like to learn more about Schroth-based scoliosis exercises, schedule your free phone or in-person discovery consultation with us to learn more. You can call/text 254-892-4957 or schedule online here.