June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month. The goal is to spotlight the growing need for education, early detection and awareness to the general public about scoliosis and its common presence within the community. BrightSTAR will be providing educational information to it’s followers in hopes of increasing early detection. BrightSTAR also provides FREE screening services for Scoliosis.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal side to side curvature of the spine. This curve can either develop as a single curve like a “C” or a double curve forming a “S” shape.
Is there a difference between scoliosis in adults and children?
The term most used with scoliosis affecting children is Idiopathic Scoliosis. Idiopathic meaning ” no known cause.” It is often considered more difficult to spot a Idiopathic Scoliosis. The most common scoliosis affecting adults is referred to as Degenerative Scoliosis.
More common than you might think
1 in 40 people have Scoliosis — that is roughly one child in every classroom, 1 person at the park, grocery store or the movie theater. Also, Scoliosis occurs twice as often in girls than in boys. In fact, some studies report that up to 80% of cases occur in adolescent girls. 30% of Scoliosis patients have a family history of Scoliosis.
Early detection, Early Correction
Early detection of scoliosis in children is key to prevent further progression of the curve. If caught and treated before a growth spurt, the curve progression can be halted.
What signs or symptoms should I look for?
The most accurate way of telling if you or your child has scoliosis is to see a doctor and get X-Ray diagnostics. Keeping an eye out for these common symptoms will also give you a better idea whether or not you should see you doctor.
● One shoulder is higher than the other
● The body tilts to one side
● One hip appears to be higher or more prominent than the other
● The waist appears uneven
It’s not just the spine that is affected
Scoliosis not only affects the curvature of your spine, but also your breathing, heart, head & neck aches, walking, severe pain and ability to do anything physical. Scoliosis sufferers can also suffer from poor self image & self esteem.
Is there an effective, non invasive, and cost efficient way to treat scoliosis?
Every patient spinal curvature is different, along with the lifestyle they are accustomed to.
As far as seeing results, not paying thousands of dollars in medical bills, and allowing continuation of your daily activities while getting treatment, there is the Schroth Method.
Schroth Method is physiotherapeautic treatment system that uses isometric exercises to strengthen or lengthen certain muscles. Ultimately, the goal is to either “push” or “pull” the spinal curvature back in normal range by using your own muscles. Additionally, Physical Therapy for Scoliosis dramatically reduces the pain, appearance of scoliosis and increases the physical abilities of the patient.
At Bright STAR Physical Therapy, our staff is constantly getting more training and more education on new or innovative treatment options in order to relieve your back pain and discomfort. We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA, Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA. Bright STAR physical therapists will be able to help you find relief from back pain. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com