The most common visual signs of scoliosis may be crooked back, humpback posture, waddling gait, asymmetric shoulders or shoulder-blades, or in more severe cases, an apparent leg length difference. Scoliosis may be also suspected if the child often complains of back pain and numbness. They don’t tolerate load well and find the school bag heavy even when there is no special reason for that. Scoliosis is screened during the mandatory medical examinations at school but parents should also pay attention to their child’s posture.
Scoliosis can be examined at home with a very simple method. If the child stands turning his/her back to you and bends over, you can see scoliosis on the vertebras or even feel it with your fingers.
What can I do in case of scoliosis?
The most common and popular treatment option in case of mild scoliosis is physical therapy. In case of moderate scoliosis, we usually recommend corset wearing along with physical therapy. In scoliosis, muscles shrink in one direction and elongate to the other direction, therefore a special exercise therapy called Schroth method is recommended. This is a three-directional set of exercises that corrects not only lateral crookedness, but also the twists between the vertebras. These exercises are simple and may become part of everyday life later.
In scoliosis prevention and treatment the most recommended method is regular exercise and sports. The most preferred sport is swimming, but any other sport may be eligible if it doesn’t require lifting heavy weights.
How long does it need to heal?
In case of a mild scoliosis even a few months of physical therapy may lead to very good results. However, duration of physical therapy depends largely on the individual and the treatment method. In more severe scoliosis, children need to wear corset along with physical therapy for one or two years.
Emineo Healthcare and Trauma Centre welcomes both children and adults. Our complex orthopaedic screening helps to map early stage scoliosis as well as other musculoskeletal disorders. If recognised in time, more severe and permanent damage may be prevented by appropriate physical therapy, special insoles, or other treatments.
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