Scoliosis and How Physical Therapy Can Help
My doctor says I have scoliosis and that my spine is shaped like an “S”. What exactly does that mean?
There are several different types of scoliosis, or curvatures of the spine. Scoliosis can be inherited (idiopathic scoliosis) or degenerative (comes with age). There are 3 Main types of Scoliosis: 1) C-curve type; 2) S – curve type, which can be 3 or 4 curve; and 3) Thoracolumbar Scoliosis. Scoliosis is sometimes referred to as “rotoscoliosis” because the curve includes rotation of the vertebra and ribcage in addition to a “sidebend” or lateral curve.
What can I do about my scoliosis?
If you have recent x-rays of your spine taken by your doctor, bring them to your physical therapist. X-rays will help your physical therapist take accurate measurements of your curve and will aid in the formation of the proper curve correction. The SEAS Method of treating scoliosis is a method used by physical therapists to teach a patient how to better align their own curve using a mirror and hands-on guidance. The therapist can then coach the patient to maintain the corrected curve while performing familiar movements and then progressing to more challenging