When adults are diagnosed with scoliosis, many are of the opinion that only major surgery will correct the problem.
However, only a small percentage will actually require major reconstructive surgery. The majority of people with scoliosis can adequately manage their symptoms without any type of surgery.
In many cases, the treatment for scoliosis is geared towards relieving symptoms rather than fixing the curve in the spine, although some degree of correction can be achieved with proper stretching and footwear adjustments.
Adult scoliosis patients are initially treated as we would treat a patient with a normal spine who has back pain. Treatment will include massage and physical therapy to reduce muscle spasms, strengthen and stabilize the spine. We may also include anti-inflammatory medications to alleviate pain in the initial stages of treatment. Of course, medication will weaned off as the symptoms improve.
Exercises and stretching done at home throughout your life will help to control or eliminate symptoms.
In many cases sciatica responds to massage, exercise, stretching and spinal mobility exercises. It is important patients understand that home therapy is also important. Initially you will need to do some form of therapy everyday. However doing this in the clinical setting will not be possible for most. So, that it is why we will develop home exercise regimen for you. During your session you will be coached in proper exercise techniques so you can effectively perform them at home.
Tennis ball massages done at home or work are a great way to release tight spots in the lower back, gluteals, hamstrings and calves. This can give some level of pain relief and help you get on with your day. This can be combined with stretches and anti-inflammatories.
In our clinical sessions, electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, kinesio taping can also be added to help with relief.
We advise that post-session, you sleep on a firm surface with proper leg support with a pillow. You are always free to contact us post session if you have any questions or concerns.