Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can cause significant pain and mobility issues in patients with the condition. There are several approaches to treating scoliosis, all of which depend on the severity of the condition and the patient in question. In this article, we are going to talk about the role physical therapy can play in the treatment of scoliosis.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves in an “S” shaped pattern. It is often caused by development issues as the body grows. Scoliosis can range from mild to severe (based on the degree of the curvature). Some patients have only a slight curvature and may not even know they have scoliosis, while others may have such a severe curvature that it nearly disables them.
There are several treatment options for patients with scoliosis. Treatment typically starts with conservative methods like bracing and physical therapy. These conservative treatments are aimed at preventing the spinal curvature from getting worse, and also mitigating the symptoms of the condition.
In cases of severe scoliosis, surgical correction of the spinal curvature may be necessary. Physical therapy can also help after scoliosis surgery. This type of procedure requires an extensive recovery period. Physical therapy can help you recover from the surgical trauma and adjust to the changes in your body.
Physical Therapy for Minnesota Patients
Our goal at OrthoRehab Specialists is to provide top-notch physical therapy care to each and every patient we treat. Our MN physical therapists have decades of experience providing rehabilitation care to patients throughout the state of Minnesota. Over that time we have built long-lasting relationships with local physicians and surgeons who continue to send their patients to us for continued care. On top of that, we also offer direct access to physical therapy care so you can get an appointment with us even without a prescription from a physician. If you have sustained an injury that has decreased your mobility, physical therapy can help you. Contact our physical therapists at one of our Twin Cities physical therapy clinics today to set up your appointment.