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Scoliosis Treatments For Children

Scoliosis is a spinal condition that results in a sideways curvature of the spine, often developing during the growth spurts around puberty. It affects both boys and girls, but the risk of progression tends to be higher in girls. 

 

Scoliosis in kids and teens can be idiopathic (meaning the cause is unknown), or it can be due to congenital spinal abnormalities, neurological conditions, or genetic disorders. The most common type, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), typically presents between the ages of 10 and 18. Symptoms can include uneven shoulders, a noticeable curve in the back, a tilted posture, or one shoulder blade that seems more prominent than the other.

 

Teenage years is a critical time to receive treatment for scoliosis as the risk for curve progression is much higher. 

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What can we do to help your child scoliosis?

We understand that the diagnosis of scoliosis can be an unsettling moment for both you and your child. The treatment for scoliosis in kids and teens depends on the severity of the curve, its location, and the child's age and stage of growth. Peak pubertal growth is when curvatures are the most likely to progress, so it is a critical time to receive treatment. At Curv, we specialise in the conservative management of scoliosis and provide individualised, evidence-based care:

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Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis-Specific Exercises

Physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises (PSSE) are a specialised form of physiotherapy aimed at managing and reducing the progression of scoliosis. These exercises are individually tailored to address the specific needs of each patient and their unique spinal curvature. Research suggests these exercises can help reduce the degrees of the curve, improve postural alignment, increase trunk muscle strength, and enhance overall function. 

Bracing Support

If the curve is moderate and the child is still growing, a brace can be effective. The aim of bracing is not to correct the curve, but to prevent it from getting worse as the child grows. We work in collaboration with orthotists and if a brace is recommended, we can help with check ups and ensuring your child knows how to wear it correctly.

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Pre/Post Surgery Rehabilitation

 In severe cases, or when the curve is rapidly progressing, surgery may be recommended. The most common type of surgery for scoliosis is spinal fusion. If your child requires surgery, we provide physiotherapy before and after the procedure to maximise function and recovery.

Scoliosis Treatment For Adults

Scoliosis is often associated with adolescence, as most cases are detected during growth spurts preceding puberty. However, it can persist into adulthood or even begin in adulthood itself, often referred to as adult degenerative scoliosis or De-novo scoliosis.
 

What causes Adult Scoliosis?

Adult scoliosis can be a continuation of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, or it can develop de novo due to spinal degeneration associated with aging. The latter, known as degenerative scoliosis, can occur from the cumulative effect of wear and tear on the spine’s components, namely the discs and joints. 


Symptoms of adult scoliosis can include chronic back pain, uneven hips or shoulders, back stiffness/loss of flexibility, a noticeable rib prominence when bending over, and in severe cases, difficulty breathing. 

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What can we do to help your scoliosis?

Just like adolescent scoliosis, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatment approach. The treatment of adult scoliosis is primarily focused on managing symptoms and improving quality of life. The choice of treatment largely depends on the severity of the curvature, the location of the curve, the patient's overall health, and the impact of the symptoms on the patient's daily activities.

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Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis-Specific Exercises

Physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises (PSSE) are a specialised form of physiotherapy aimed at managing and reducing the progression of scoliosis. In adults, the goal of PSSE is to decelerate curve progression, reduce pain, improve muscle strength and postural alignment, and enhance overall function and quality of life. 

Pain Management 

Chronic pain can significantly affect the quality of life in adult scoliosis patients. Our pain management strategies include a combination of targeted exercises, postural adjustments and manual therapy. We will educate you on lifestyle modifications specific to your curve such as sleeping positions or desk set up. 

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Pre/Post Surgery Rehabilitation

 In severe cases, or when the curve is rapidly progressing, surgery may be recommended. The most common type of surgery for scoliosis is spinal fusion. If you require surgery, we provide physiotherapy before and after the procedure to maximise function and recovery.

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Southport, QLD 4215

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Saturday - 8am-3pm

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