Back vests can be used to treat scoliosis.
Scoliosis is a type of skeletal deformity in which the spine is curved to the side. The best treatment for scoliosis depends on several factors, including the severity and location of the curve, the underlying cause of the deformity, and the age of the patient. Children and teens who are still growing are often given braces that help promote a straighter spine. Adults and young people with severe scoliosis often need to undergo surgical procedures to relieve pain and prevent the condition from getting worse. Ongoing physical therapy and frequent checkups can help ensure successful treatment for scoliosis.
Physical therapy can help treat adult scoliosis.
Most cases of scoliosis are easy to identify. Even slight curvatures of the spine result in the appearance of uneven shoulders or hips. People often experience chronic back pain and fatigue, especially after sitting or standing for long periods of time. A person with a moderate to severe curve may walk with an awkward gait and have difficulty performing physical activities. It is important to make an appointment with a doctor when an individual or their child has symptoms; Scoliosis treatment is most effective when the condition is discovered in the early stages.
The severity of spinal curvature caused by scoliosis is a factor in determining the best treatment.
The doctor may examine the patient’s physical symptoms, palpate the spine and surrounding tissue, and take x-rays of the back. To make a proper diagnosis, the doctor may perform additional tests to check for underlying causes. Some cases of scoliosis are the result of birth defects, neuromuscular diseases, and arthritis. The condition is usually idiopathic, however, meaning the cause cannot be determined.
Some cases of congenital and idiopathic scoliosis in babies correct themselves in the first few years of life. Children under the age of six are usually not treated for scoliosis unless their curves are very severe. For older children and adolescents, wearing specially designed back braces for several hours a day is generally considered the best treatment option. Just like braces worn on teeth, back braces apply very light pressure to gradually straighten the spine. When wearing a brace while the bones are still developing, the vertebrae are more likely to align.
Surgery is often considered the best treatment for scoliosis in adults, children with severe curves, and people of all ages with neuromuscular disorders. A team of qualified surgeons can perform a very delicate procedure to fuse the vertebrae together, which prevents the curve from getting worse. Surgery is often very effective in relieving pain and other symptoms, although it is rare for a procedure to completely correct the condition. People can still have episodes of back pain throughout their lives. By engaging in strengthening exercises and regularly meeting with doctors, patients can often learn to cope with their conditions and enjoy regular activities.