Scoliosis is a disorder that causes an abnormal curve of the spine. The spine has normal curves when looking from the side, but it should appear straight when looking from the front.Scoliosis is about two times more common in girls than boys. It can be seen at any age, but it is most common in people over 10 years of age. Scoliosis is hereditary, however there is no correlation between its severity from one generation to the next.In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown (idiopathic). More than 80% of people with scoliosis have idiopathic scoliosis.
Types of Scoliosis :
Functional: In this type of scoliosis, the spine is normal, but an abnormal curve develops because of a problem somewhere else in the body. This could be caused by one leg being shorter than the other or by muscle spasms in the back.
Neuromuscular: In this type of scoliosis, there is a problem when the bones of the spine are formed. Either the bones of the spine fail to form completely or they fail to separate from each other during fetal development. People with these conditions often develop a long C-shaped curve and have weak muscles that are unable to hold them up straight.
Degenerative: Degenerative scoliosis occurs in older adults. It is caused by changes in the spine due to arthritis known as spondylosis. Weakening of the normal ligaments and other soft tissues of the spine combined with abnormal bone spurs can result in abnormal curvature.
Our experienced APSS practitioners will determine what type of scoliosis you may have which will allow them to determine the best form of treatment for you. A thorough assessment and treatment plan will be discussed and any questions you may have answered by our team. Treatment may include soft tissue massage, manipulation and muscle energy techniques to assist in soft tissue mobility and joint range of motion.