Scoliosis – Adults
Research is showing that scoliosis is significantly more common in the adult population than in children – up to 60% of all adults have some form of scoliosis.
If you were diagnosed with idiopathic adolescent scoliosis when you were a child, your spinal curve has likely remained into your adulthood. If you are experiencing any symptoms/signs such as back pain or postural asymmetries, these may intensify in adulthood.
Some cases of scoliosis are classified as denegerative or de novo scoliosis. This can be caused by a previously-stable adolescent-onset scoliosis that progressed late in adulthood, or by structural changes of the spine that occur with aging such as asymmetrical osteoporotic fractures, disc degeneration, or facet arthrosis. *Ledonio et al 2013
Adults with scoliosis may experience back pain, stiffness, or difficulty at work or while doing activities that they love.
The ScoliClinic’s physical therapists will review your X-Ray (if available), perform a detailed assessment, and discuss your goals to create a customized home exercise program that is best suited to your needs.
The goals of scoliosis treatment for adults with are:
- Treat spine pain symptoms by stabilizing your spine through curve-specific strengthening
- Prevent further degeneration of the curve
- Increase your education on movements to avoid, and modifications to your daily activities
- Improve your respiratory efficiency
You may be a candidate for a brace to support you for short periods as you perform certain daily activities. Your ScoliClinic Physical Therapist can discuss if bracing may be appropriate for you, and can connect you with a Certified Orthotist trained in scoliosis bracing.