Sports Physiotherapy for Degenerative Scoliosis

Adult degenerative scoliosis is mainly a secondary spinal condition that would result if you had suffered in the past – osteoporosis, osteomalacia, over usage of the spine or it could be a consequence of scoliosis during the younger days.

Scoliosis is nothing but an abnormal curvature that you could observe in the spine if you look at it from the front or top. In athletes, scoliosis is the result of wear and tear resulting from repeated usage. Due to the repeated usage, your spine will lose its original structure and make your body look uneven altogether. The more the deformity, the more could be the imbalance; and the more the imbalance the further more would be the deformity. From athletes to cricket players, people from different sporting areas could suffer it.

What Are The Symptoms of Adult Degenerative Scoliosis?  

  • If you have legs with different lengths, then you fall into high probability group of people who can suffer from adult degenerative scoliosis in the future.
  • If you have scoliosis, you will start to notice the deformity or someone else would make a comment about your unsteady stature.
  • Some day you might also feel like somehow you are now short of your original height.
  • You might also notice the fact that one side of your body is actually placed slightly higher than the other side of your body.
  • You will also face difficulties when you try to stand straight.
  • There will be some sort of pain and associated difficulties.
  • You will start to notice a decrease in functionality and range of motion when it comes to the motion of the neck or other spine-related body parts.
  • In advanced stages of the disease, you will start to feel radiating pain through the associated nerves and pain in nearby muscles.
  • You will experience spasms in muscles when you carry weight and walk for some distance.

How Is Adult Degenerative Scoliosis Identified?

Our physios will start with a regular but thorough physical examination and study of your medical history. They may be interested in knowing about the source of your pain, what make you feel better when you have pain, about your range of motion in affected areas, etc. It is highly essential that you reveal the correct information to your physio as it will highly influence in making correct decisions for you. You may also be subjected to neurological examination that will uncover the efficiency of your motor neurons or in general some sensations.

Once you are diagnosed as suffering from scoliosis, our physios will plan a detailed and personalized treatment plan for you. The degree of deformity that you may have, the original reason why you have the scoliosis, and the degree of pain that you are experiencing are just some of the factors that affect our decision. Surgery is a rarity and conservative rehabilitation would be the only thing you would need at most cases.

How is Physiotherapy Done For Scoliosis?

As always our first priority would be to bring down the suffering you are experiencing by relieving the pain and swelling. We will closely observe your gait and stature to make suggestions in modifications of your activities.

In some rare circumstances, we also suggest the use of a walking stick or cane. We may also advice you not to lift up heavy object or to avoid sitting or standing for long hours.

We may also suggest the use of icing or heat to provide relaxation to the surrounding muscles. We have observed that muscle spasms are causing a great deal of pain associated with scoliosis and providing heat or ice to the affected area would help you to get rid of the pain.

You may also need to start walking regularly as per our physio’s advice. This would help you to strengthen the muscles. We may also suggest some weight bearing exercises, which are carefully designed to suit you in order to reap good muscle fitness.

Our physios will help you to identify certain muscles that are causing the pain and will help you to stretch them by using certain stretching and flexibility exercises. This will also help you to settle the pain in great deal. If you a very painful scoliosis or if your scoliosis is really unstable, then you might need to use a brace.

How Different Is The Physiotherapy After Surgery?

Shortly after surgery, you will need to wear a brace. You will not be allowed to do any lifting for at least in your early recovery days. Depending upon your progress, after several months your physio will let you begin weight bearing. You will receive advises about how to modify activities, your gait, and posture. We will help you to increase the strength and stamina of the associated muscles by following customized exercise programs. Since this is a condition that might arise during the sunset years of life, the recovery could be slow and it could take several months and you would need to make some adjustments to your regular daily life.

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