Scoliosis : A brief overview

You may think of scoliosis as an exaggerated curvature of the spine that only affects adolescent children. Although this is common, scoliosis is also seen in adults and can develop later in life. Adults with scoliosis may complain of jaw, neck, back or hip pain that is debilitating and does not improve.
Why does this happen to otherwise healthy people? Poor posture and daily repetitive movements either occupational, sports-related can cause muscle imbalances and lead to greater than normal curves in the spine. As these issues remain unaddressed, symptoms can worsen and function declines.
How do you know if you have scoliosis? Many people with neck and back pain have some degree of excess curvature in their spine. This is usually due to months or years of compensation patterns. If you suffer from chronic, non-radicular pain that does not resolve with rest and usual therapies, you should be evaluated for scoliosis.
Physical therapy is an excellent non-invasive choice to address scoliosis in both children and adults. Manual therapy and alignment-based exercise using a scoliosis protocol can increase muscle length, spinal ROM and strength to reduce pain and discomfort in the long-term.
Give us a call today at (540) 982-2208 to schedule a consultation with one of our physical therapists.

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