Scoliosis and Back Pain.Let's look at the ways that Scoliosis and Back pain can be closely related.
Being a Physiotherapist and a Pilates instructor I am involved in scoliosis treatments as well as the related back pain issues on a daily basis. The results I achieve with my compliant clients are overall very good.
So, what is scolisis? Scoliosis is a deviation of the spine. If you have a normal spinal alignment your spine will look straight from the back.
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On one side of the twist in your spine the muscles, ligaments, joints, discs and nerves are compressed. On the other side these structures are being overstretched. Therefore you may experience pain and symptoms related to the compression, or the overstretched structures.
From my experience in this field over the last 19 years the most common back pain I see related to scoliosis is ligament and muscle pain. This results from these soft tissue structures being overstretched and damaged, resulting in inflammation, thickening and fatigue of these structures. All these elements contribute to the varying descriptions of back pain you may experience at different times.
Early intervention is so important. Addressed early idiopathic scoliosis can often be reversed (see scoliosis in children). Exercise and mobilisation therapy are my treatments of choice. However, if your scoliosis and its associated muscle and ligament pain is ignored for too long, reversing the damage becomes more difficult. Joint damage may evolve leading potentially to a lot more trouble for you and your back.
Osteophytes and joint damage associated with scoliosis are not possible to break down manually. Surgery at this stage may be required - which remove the extra bony nodules - if your pain is severe.
Congenital scoliosis also requires early intervention, but surgical intervention combined with exercise therapy is the usual treatment of choice in this presentation. Seek an early diagnosis from the outset. Early intervention may illuminate, or at least greatly reduce the risk of back pain associated with scoliosis in my opinion.
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