Postural dysfunction and related pain
Scoliosis, Kyphosis, etc.
Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that causes stiffness and pain. Scoliosis is more common in females and begins in childhood. If it is detected early, it can be treated and prevented from worsening over time.
The typical physical symptoms of scoliosis include:
- One shoulder is higher than the other
- One shoulder blade sticks out more than the other
- One side of the rib cage appears higher than the other
- One hip appears higher or more prominent than the other
- The waist appears uneven
- The body tilts to one side
- One leg may appear shorter than the other
The degenerative diseases of the spine can cause scoliosis in some instances. Osteoporosis, the softening of bones (which usually occurs in older people), can cause the vertebrae to bend and re-shape the curve causing scoliosis or kyphosis (a rounding of the back). If not treated properly, deformity, back pain and fatigue will arise; and these symptoms are sometimes accompanied by breathing difficulties.
We can help you improve this condition. We look at your overall health, examining your spine as well as other factors of your lifestyle. To help identify the problem’s cause, we will discuss symptoms and previous injuries, recreational activities, workplace specifics and your family’s health history.
Scoliosis can be treated in a number of ways to help alleviate pain and restore normal function. Regardless of the treatment used, physical therapy may be added to scoliosis treatment to increase muscle strength and mobility.