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Scoliosis Symptoms and Treatment Options

Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine or backbone to curve to the sideways. This condition can affect any part of the spine, but the most common regions are the chest area in the thoracic and thoracic-lumbar regions mainly due to congenital or degenerative problems. There are many prominent causes for scoliosis and early treatment and proper diagnosis is essential to get better outcomes. Pain management specialists in leading healthcare centers in Brooklyn, NYC use a combination of different treatment methods that help patients achieve spine curvature reduction.

People of all ages can develop scoliosis. The condition is typically seen among children ages 10- 12 and is more common in girls than in boys. The signs and symptoms associated with scoliosis include –

  • Uneven shoulders
  • One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
  • One hip higher than the other
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Back pain
  • Leg and hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Headaches
  • Chronic fatigue and future spinal kyphosis (widow’s hump)
  • A tendency to lean to one side

Treatment Methods

Treatment modalities for this condition may depend on several factors such as patient age, type, severity of curves, intensity of symptoms and growth, and location of symptoms. Leading healthcare centers in Brooklyn offer effective treatment for this condition using a wide range of modalities:

  • Physical therapy – This involves therapeutic programs to strengthen the muscles, improve flexibility, and alleviate pain in the region around the back. Strengthening and stretching exercises build strength and restore normal spine function, improve posture, and range of motion.
  • Chiropractic care – Chiropractic therapy involves spinal manual manipulation to restore joint mobility and provide pain relief without the need of medication or surgery. It is effective for treating neuro-musculoskeletal complaints such as joint pain back pain, headaches, and knee pain. It can also help correct the overall spinal alignment.
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) – TENS involves the delivery of low voltage electric impulses to the affected area which interact with the sensory nervous system to block or reduce muscle spasm and alleviate symptoms.
  • Exercises – Stretching and strengthening exercises can help build strength and restore normal spine function.
  • Game Ready Cold Therapy system – This computer-controlled modality applies cold therapy and intermittent compression for all types of injuries and surgical recoveries. It includes flexible wraps that are designed to fit comfortably and target cold therapy to the entire affected area with intermittent pneumatic compression.

Maintaining a healthy body weight with proper diet and exercise can ease the symptoms of scoliosis. If symptoms get worse, getting the right treatment can go a long way in helping you lead an active and productive life.

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