top of page

Scoliosis

Updated: Nov 10, 2022


physiopattern.com


What is scoliosis?


Scoliosis is where the spine twists and curves to the side. The spine bends from side to side creating an “S” shape. The most affected regions are the lower back and the upper thoracic spine.


Scoliosis is more common in females than in males. Scoliosis is not always noticeable and it is most common in the later stages of childhood or early teenage years when the person is still growing fast.




What causes scoliosis?


Most of the time, the cause of scoliosis is unknown that’s why it’s called idiopathic scoliosis. It is the most common and it’s grouped by age.


  • 0-3 years old: Infantile Scoliosis

  • 4-10 years old: Juvenile Scoliosis

  • 11-18 years old: Adolescent Scoliosis


Other types of scoliosis:


  • Congenital scoliosis: This type of scoliosis is present at birth.

  • Neuromuscular scoliosis: This type is caused by a central nervous system problem that affects the muscles and the joints.







What are the symptoms of scoliosis?


Adults with idiopathic scoliosis have more symptoms than teens because of degeneration in the discs and the joints. Patients with scoliosis may have a variety of symptoms, some of them could be:


  • Low back pain and stiffness

  • Fatigue, results from strain on the muscles

  • Asymmetric alignment in the body (uneven hips and shoulders)

  • Numbness and shooting pain in the legs due to pinched nerves




Diagnosis of Scoliosis


In Physio Pattern Manchester we will confirm a diagnosis of scoliosis after taking a thorough subjective and objective examination.




Did you know?


  • Scoliosis affects 2-3% of the population

  • 6 to 9 million people in the United States have scoliosis.

  • Scoliosis can develop in infancy or early childhood, however the primary age of onset for scoliosis is 10-15 years old

  • 23% of people with scoliosis reported their pain level as excruciating or distressing compared to just 1,4% of people without scoliosis

  • Early diagnosis is key

  • Scoliosis runs in families




Physiotherapy treatment for Scoliosis


Physiotherapy is an effective treatment solution for scoliosis and working with an experienced physiotherapist in Physio Pattern Manchester is going to give you the resources that you need in order to achieve long lasting relief and results.