All spines have curves. The standard spine curves front to back, however in scoliosis the spine also curves from side to side. This condition can be congenital (birth) or idiopathic (unknown cause). Scoliosis can also be the result of other diseases such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. Idiopathic is the most frequent cause and is often seen at the time of puberty.
When choosing your spinal scoliosis therapist it is important to determine whether they have experience with your age group, your specific type of scoliosis i.e. idiopathic vs. congenital. Depending on your needs it is also important to determine if they have experience with conservative or. post-operative care.
There are different needs of the child, adolescent and adult scoliolytic patient. The considerations for treatment of a growing spine are quite different than when the spine is mature. For example there is a relatively short time period when bracing is effective. Your therapist should know when additional testing is indicated and know when to refer for other treatments such as bracing and surgery..
Your therapist may or may not have experience dealing with post-operative conditions and/or the type of surgery you have had. The issues associated with older surgeries such as Harrington rods are quite different than the newer techniques and it is important for your therapist to understand the type of surgery you have had and the short term approach to recovery as well as the long-term implications for these interventions.
To find therapists with expertise in the treatment of the conditions listed below go to the Therapist Search page and follow the instructions to search for an STN member in your local area.
· Conservative Management of Scoliosis
· Management of Scoliosis after surgery
– Spine deformity reconstruction