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Scoliosis - Physical Therapy for Scoliosis

Dealing with daily chronic pain and illness can be debilitating. It can impact your ability to work and socialize and require that you alter your lifestyle.

Finding the proper medical treatment to live a happy, healthy life can be difficult.

A balance between medical treatments and natural remedies can have a powerful impact on your health.

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Physical therapy provides a non-invasive program to manage and correct scoliosis.

Patients with scoliosis or any condition that affects their bones have found physical therapy to be a helpful addition to their daily routine.

Contact Paspa Physical Therapy in Manhattan, NY today to learn more about how we can help you with your spinal condition.

What Is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a medical condition that alters the spine’s natural shape. It is an abnormal development of the curvature of the spine that moves a person’s spine and changes their posture. 

This condition often occurs during a growth spurt and is seen in males and females.

Scoliosis may also occur due to age-related degeneration of the bones and discs that make up the lumbar spine. We refer to this as adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. 

The cause of most cases is unknown and sometimes seems to be hereditary.

Other rare but possible causes may be neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, birth defects, injury to the spine, or spinal cord abnormalities.

What Does Scoliosis Feel Like?

The pain and feeling of scoliosis depend on the severity of the condition.

Mild scoliosis or moderate scoliosis can go unnoticed throughout childhood and during the early stages of scoliosis, as patients do not experience pain or dysfunction. 

Pain is likely to occur during cases of severe scoliosis when the irregular curve affects the surrounding area.

Symptoms such as chronic back pain, pain that can limit your ability to move, and aching pain in your back or neck during any form of physical activity may occur.

How Is Scoliosis Diagnosed?

Scoliosis is often diagnosed through physical and imaging exams.

Doctors will first obtain a complete medical history and will likely ask questions regarding family history, past health issues, and any changes in physical health or appearance.

During the physical exam, your doctor will likely ask you to walk and move your body in various positions to check how well your spine moves and which points trigger pain.

To visually identify the degree of spinal curvature, your doctor will ask you to bend forward.

Your doctor may then refer you to a specialist for imaging exams. X-rays, MRI scans, and CT scans can confirm the diagnosis and provide an in-depth analysis of the severity of the curve of the spine.

Why Use Physical Therapy Treatment for Scoliosis?

Physical therapy is a non-invasive scoliosis treatment.

A physical therapist treating a female patient who is laying on treatment table.

Doctors and scoliosis patients have used physical therapy treatments to nurture a healthy spine and aid in pain relief.

For some patients, medication, spinal surgery, and other surgical treatment are not enough to treat the condition. 

Physical therapy is an excellent addition to your treatment plan that can efficiently assist with pain relief, abnormal posture, and overall spinal health.

The Advantages of Physical Therapy for Scoliosis

There are significant benefits to physical therapy. It is a conservative and preferable way to treat early-onset scoliosis.

When scoliosis is detected early, physical therapists can provide the best scoliosis exercises that can slow down the curve progression and decrease the curved spine.

At any stage of scoliosis, physical therapy can improve posture, rebuild muscles, and relieve pain.

Reducing pain provides you with better comfort to move your body and can improve your day-to-day lifestyle.

How Physical Therapy Can Treat Scoliosis

Exercising daily can strengthen your muscles.

Physical therapy helps improve your posture and stabilizes your spine, making movement more manageable and comfortable.

This therapy also improves your flexibility and tones the muscles that support the spine.

A physical therapist will show you the best exercises to correct your posture, alleviate back pain and discomfort, and stabilize your spine to slow the progression of scoliosis.

Physical therapy is also beneficial to learning the ideal way to sit, stand, and lie down with this condition. These exercises will slow further curve progression.

The Results of Scoliosis Physical Therapy Care

Treating scoliosis with physical therapy can provide a better quality of life.

It can help slow the progression of the curve in the spine, reducing pain and discomfort, improving your posture and flexibility, toning your muscles, and providing spine support.

A scoliosis diagnosis does not have to change your lifestyle completely. Take control of your scoliosis.

Book an appointment with Paspa Physical Therapy, a rehabilitation treatment center located in Manhattan, NY, to relieve your pain and learn how to manage scoliosis better.

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