The spine of your body has natural curves which help to round our shoulders and have a slight inward curve in our low back. Some people’s spines also have a slight side to side curve. This is known as scoliosis. If seen on an x-ray it could like the letters “C” or “S”. In more than 80% of cases there is not a given cause of scoliosis. Such cases are considered to be idiopathic, meaning “unknown cause”. When cases like this occur in adolescents (ages 10-18), the condition is known as adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). There are strong efforts being made towards finding a cause for AIS, but up until now there is no known cause for this type of scoliosis. Once scoliosis is diagnosed, there is not an absolute way to know if the condition will progress. A few things that are commonly seen with AIS are:
- Curves can be double or single; Double curves are more likely to progress
- Likelihood of progression can be linked with the size of curve; the larger the curve the more likely it is to progress
- If curves start at a young age they are more likely to progress
- If a girl starts to show curvature before she begins her period, she is more likely to progress
AIS does not usually result in pain or neurologic symptoms, therefore scoliosis is usually not diagnosed until a later state of the condition when curvature is more visible. If these conditions are present, further evaluation may be considered. Physical therapy promotes exercises that help to restore balanced muscle tone in your back and allow for healthy spinal curvatures, as well as, improve core strength and provide symptomatic relief.
We treat scoliosis in the Clermont 34711 area!