Maintaining Mobility Through Physical Therapy
The Scoliosis Research Society defines scoliosis as a curvature of the spine to the side that also includes rotation. The condition causes postural and trunk alignment changes that cannot be corrected by “standing up straight.” On an x-ray, the spine may appear to have an “s” or “c” shape.
As the spine curves abnormally, it affects the surrounding muscles and joints, which can alter a person’s alignment, posture, and movement patterns, causing irritation and pain. Additionally, muscles that support the spine can become imbalanced, which leads to loss of strength and flexibility.
Physical therapy can help individuals with scoliosis restore and maintain mobility so they can function at their personal best, and improve their quality of life. Our team of experts will work with you or your child to develop an individualized plan of care tailored to the type and severity of the scoliosis and the associated symptoms and centered on patient goals.
Physical therapists can provide complementary care during any of the phases of scoliosis treatment, including during bracing and pre- and post-surgery. The best plan of care, including frequency and duration, is developed based on individual evaluation.
Did You Know?
Physical therapists are experts in assessing movement patterns, providing education on proper movement patterns, and retraining the body for optimal movement.
How We Help
Physical therapy treatment for scoliosis may include:
Designed to prevent limitations & to increase the body’s range of motion, if movement limitations are present.
Designed to strengthen muscles surrounding the spine or in other parts of the body that have been weakened by the change in the spine’s position.
Hands-on treatment to gently restore motion to joints and muscle tissue that may have become restricted.
Your physical therapist will provide information about scoliosis and the effects on the body and movement.