Scoliosis by definition is an abnormal “S“ shaped curve of the spine when observing a person's spine from behind. Most types of scoliosis are idiopathic, which means that the cause is unknown or that there is no single factor that contributes to the development of the disease
Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some spine deformities continue to get more severe as children grow or adults age. Severe scoliosis can be disabling. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.
Scoliosis is usually confirmed through a physical examination, an x-ray, spinal radiograph, CT scan or MRI. The curve is measured by the Cobb Method and is diagnosed in terms of severity by the number of degrees. A positive diagnosis of scoliosis is made based on a coronal curvature measured on a posterior-anterior radiograph of greater than 10 degrees. In general, a curve is considered significant if it is greater than 25 to 30 degrees.
Many of my patients who suffer from low back pain also have concomitant scoliosis creating imbalances in the the spinal soft tissues and hips contributing to their symptoms. We address scoliosis by correcting the strength and mobility imbalances, and stabilizing the spine.
Some basic corrective exercises may be :
If you have any questions or concerns about your scoliosis, please feel free to reach out to us for help!