What is Scoliosis?
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with scoliosis, read on to learn about the common misconceptions and the treatment of scoliosis.
There are different types of scoliosis and some are more severe than others
There is no single factor that contributes to the development of the disease. Book an appointment with an Osteopath to learn more about your unique condition.
Are you getting an accurate scoliosis diagnosis?
You may have done your own research about this condition and I’m sure there is plenty of information out there. The question is: “Are they accurate?”
DID YOU KNOW THESE COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SCOLIOSIS:
- Wearing a heavy backpack causes scoliosis (1)
- The scoliosis deformation will become more severe (2)
- Exercise, manual therapies and other alternative treatment will put your spine back into place (3)
- Surgery is inevitable to correct scoliosis (4)
- Scoliosis is preventable (5)
Unfortunately, the varying advice found online can make things confusing and complicated for people diagnosed with Scoliosis. Recommendations made by researchers is for more research towards the diagnosis and the management of the disorder (5), which means that ‘quick tip’ or ‘miracle cure’ information found online can be misleading and sometimes harmful.
Instead, it may be highly recommended to do a clinical assessment to see how your condition affects your quality of life and what your pain levels are. Once your Osteopath completes a comprehensive assessment, they can work with you to develop a pain management plan and provide guidance about living your best quality of life with Scoliosis.
How can our Osteopath work with you and with your Scoliosis?
Osteopaths conduct clinical assessment that measure your Cobb Angle (the curvature of your spine) which is an important part of the physical diagnosis. And for people without a formal diagnosis, determining the degree of the angle can recognise risk thresholds for possible health consequences in adulthood (5).
The research shows that Scoliosis should be assessed on a case-by-case basis, using individual patient history and tailored methods alongside the Cobb Angle. Scoliosis can impact your ability to breathe easily, can cause increased pain levels and impact your quality of life. If your signs and symptoms are positive, and you have true scoliosis. Your osteopath can refer you to the appropriate Doctor and work alongside them, which may help you to manage your condition better.
Developing an individual plan to manage your needs and symptoms, and support you to integrate it into your lifestyle may be essential to move forward with your health journey.
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