Scoliosis Treatment in Bend, OR
The spine has the critical job of providing structural support and balance to the body. Most of us have a relatively straight spine. However, some have an abnormal sideways curve. This is called scoliosis. Each year, approximately three million new cases are diagnosed in the US. There are three primary types of scoliosis:
Idiopathic is the most common type of scoliosis, making up approximately 65% of cases. It is most commonly found in adolescents. Congenital scoliosis is present at birth and makes up about 15% of cases. Neuromuscular scoliosis is caused by changes in muscle control, paralysis, weakness, or contractures, as seen in people with Spina Bifida or cerebral palsy.
What are the Symptoms and Signs of a Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is painless for most people and often goes unnoticed. Therefore, many people with scoliosis do not require treatment. However, some experience pain, with back pain being the most common complaint. The most commonly reported signs and symptoms of scoliosis include:
- Back pain
- Pain between the shoulder blades that worsens with prolonged standing or sitting
- Difficulty breathing with exertion
- Uneven shoulder height
- Pelvic asymmetry (waist height is uneven)
- Elevated rib cage
- Shoulder blades may be uneven
- Declining posture
- Muscular weakness
How Can Physical Therapy Can Help with Scoliosis?
Treatment can vary depending on the degree of curvature and the type of scoliosis. Physical therapy can effectively treat the pain associated with rotational asymmetries of the trunk caused by scoliosis. Our scoliosis expert uses Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) techniques to neutralize asymmetries that often cause pain. These techniques effectively strengthen the muscle groups that oppose the curve. This counters the rotation of the spine and promotes symmetry. It also helps with abnormal muscle tone development, promotes neutrality in the pelvis, and equalizes stance or weight distribution while standing. Our team also incorporates manual therapy to improve rib cage expansion, promoting more symmetrical breathing.
- Curves 0-25 degrees may be treated conservatively with physical therapy.
- Curves 25-40 degrees may be managed by your physician with the use of body jackets or braces.
- Curves beyond 40 degrees may require surgery because they often worsen with time.
Physical therapy scoliosis-specific exercises” (PSSE) have been shown to slow curve progression. Pain typically decreases, and function improves when an exercise program is performed correctly and administered by a PT specializing in scoliosis. Physical therapy will not reverse the curvature of the spine, but a better quality of life through physical therapy for scoliosis is worth its weight in gold.
Let’s Get Started. Finding a Scoliosis Treatment Specialist in Bend, OR
Our physical therapists come from various backgrounds, each with areas of expertise. When you call our office for an appointment, we can help pair you with a physical therapist best suited to your concern. Our scoliosis treatment expert in Bend, OR, looks forward to meeting you.