Physical therapy treatment for teens with scoliosis

September 9, 2017

A University of Alberta study shows that physical therapy exercise can improve the curve of the spine for teens with scoliosis. Sanja Schreiber, of the University’s Faculty of Rehabilitation, states that the study demonstrated significant improvements to the curve of the spine when patients underwent a physiotherapeutic program.

Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curve of the spice that primarily effecting adolescent females; the cause is currently unknown. Symptoms of scoliosis can include back pain, problems breathing or significant physiological issues – all causing an overall decreased quality of life.

Schreiber described the current care for scoliosis patients as a “wait and see” approach; this study suggests that physiotherapy can assist in the control of scoliosis symptoms, especially in the absence of a back brace – a common method of management for scoliosis patients.

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