Scoliosis, a condition characterized by a lateral curvature of the spine, demands our attention and care, especially when it affects young individuals. At Physio Needs Academy, we prioritize compassionate and holistic treatment options for scoliosis, emphasizing patient well-being and comfort. Let’s explore the various methods of treatment and rehabilitation available for individuals with scoliosis.
For patients with early-onset scoliosis, surgical intervention is considered when the curvature remains progressive despite conservative treatment. We believe in preserving spinal growth and pulmonary development, which is why spinal fusion is not recommended for those under the age of 10 with a Cobb angle of 50 degrees or more. Regular check-ups and X-rays are essential for monitoring the spine’s progress.
Factors influencing treatment decisions include the patient’s sex, the severity and location of the curve, bone maturity, and more. Our medical experts take all these aspects into account when recommending a suitable treatment plan.
Casting and Bracing:
In some cases, particularly for infantile scoliosis, casting may be used to guide the infant’s spine back to its natural position as it grows. Bracing is recommended for moderate scoliosis cases in individuals whose bones are still growing. Braces help prevent further curvature but do not reverse it. We offer two types of braces, including the Thoracolumbosacral orthosis (TLSO) and the Milwaukee brace, to cater to individual needs.
In severe cases where scoliosis is rapidly progressing, surgical intervention may be necessary. The most common procedure is spinal fusion, which stabilizes the spine by fusing two or more vertebrae together. Growing rods can also be installed to adjust in length as the child grows. While surgery can be effective, it may come with potential complications such as bleeding, infection, pain, or nerve damage.
Physical Therapy Management:
Our compassionate approach to scoliosis treatment extends to physical therapy and rehabilitation. We understand that scoliosis is not merely a lateral curvature but a three-dimensional condition. Our physical therapists work across three planes – sagittal, frontal, and transverse – to address the unique needs of each patient.
Conservative therapy options include physical exercises, manipulation, electrical stimulation, and more. We empower patients and their families with information about their condition and ensure they perform the correct exercises. Our physical therapists may recommend braces or exercises based on individual circumstances, always prioritizing the patient’s well-being.
At Physio Needs Academy, we recognize that scoliosis can have a profound impact on a patient’s life beyond the physical aspect. We address biopsychosocial factors that may contribute to chronic low back pain and aim to enhance the overall quality of life. Our approach involves focusing on factors such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, and stress, which can affect patients with scoliosis.
The Goals of Physical Therapy:
Our physical therapy programs aim to achieve several essential goals, including autocorrection in three dimensions, coordination, equilibrium, ergonomic corrections, muscular endurance, neuromotor control of the spine, increased range of motion, respiratory capacity, and side-shift stabilization. We incorporate various techniques and methods, such as the Schroth Method, Scientific Exercises Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS), Klapp Exercises, and breathing exercises, to provide comprehensive care.
Developed by Katharina Schroth, the Schroth Method offers nonsurgical scoliosis treatment. It focuses on customized exercises to restore spinal symmetry, improve posture, and promote awareness of one’s body. Our patients benefit from this personalized approach to scoliosis management.
SEAS and Klapp Exercises:
The Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS) and Klapp Exercises provide effective alternatives for scoliosis treatment. These exercises have been shown to reduce the rate of progression and spinal deformities. Our patients receive tailored exercise programs based on their unique needs.
We recognize that the severity of scoliosis can affect pulmonary function, causing breathing difficulties. Therefore, we incorporate breathing exercises to enhance lung capacity and alleviate respiratory issues.
At Physio Needs Academy, we approach scoliosis treatment and rehabilitation with compassion, focusing on the well-being of our patients. Our holistic care includes medical evaluation, casting, bracing, surgery, physical therapy, and psychological support. Together, we work toward improving the lives of individuals living with scoliosis, offering hope, comfort, and effective treatment options. Join us on this journey to better health and well-being.