What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a medical condition where an individual’s spine has a curvature rather than a straight line. This curvature can be presented as a “C” shape (Levoscoliosis), backward “C” shape (Dextroscoliosis), or an “S” shape indicating two curves in the spine. The convex part of the spine is the left side and when it curves, it causes the backward “C” shape. The spine’s concave is on the right side and causes a normal “C” shape. Do refer to the images below for the various curvatures found in scoliosis.
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In diagnosing the severity of scoliosis, it typically varies regardless of age (HealthHub SG). Individuals can be diagnosed as early as seven years old when they were children or later in their adulthood. With younger age, it enables early intervention and rehabilitation, but adulthood paves the way for more education and control. Children are diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis (where responsible genes are yet to be discovered despite the sole factor that it runs in families), whereas adults are diagnosed with degenerative scoliosis (arthritis in the joints of the spine occurs). Other diagnoses for scoliosis are known as congenital (birth defects in the spine) or neuromuscular (there is a loss of control in the nerves and muscles supporting the spine).
Thus, upon understanding your type and severity of scoliosis, it is important to exercise precaution when engaging your spine during physical activity. It is likely that those with dextroscoliosis experience pulling sensations or even spasms as they do certain exercises such as the image below. This is because paraspinal muscles which line the spine become overexerted and prone to laxity and weakness. Leg Length Discrepancy (LLD) is a common occurrence as well when it comes to scoliosis, where the lumbar hip is uneven from the spine curvature and making one leg shorter than the other. This potentially can aggravate one’s biomechanical movement on the knees and feet.
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Treating your Scoliosis
In the healthcare industry, rehabilitating scoliosis includes varied and many treatment options such as bracing (stops the progression of curvature but does not reverse the current state) or surgery (control the progression and reduction discomfort of the curvature using steel rods and screws). With Pain Clinic, we offer integrative treatments that are safe and non-invasive for your Scoliosis:
- Spinal Decompression Therapy: This process also known as spinal traction provides pain relief through stretching and pulling the spine to bring about proper realignment. As such, it releases stress and pressure from the back and reduces the abnormal curvature common in patients with scoliosis. This treatment has benefited numerous patients – see this video with our patient Mr Ho!
- Ultrasound Therapy: Using ultrasound waves, heat is generated to transmit vibrations through the skin. These promote and increase tissue healing as blood flow and circulation is sent to your back. This enables existing swells and edema to decrease around your back, alleviating a significant amount of pain.
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT): Pain Clinic – Wellness Philosophy incorporates one of the most advanced, effective, and safe clinical interventions. Surgery does not have to be your only option in speeding up the recovery of your ligaments and connective tissues as ESWT increases the healing repair mechanism in your body without causing any side effects. It utilises high energy sound waves in the form of shocks transmitted into the skin – one of our pride services of the clinic.
- AlterG: Our AlterG was created by NASA, also known as the Anti-Gravity Treadmill. Excessive weight bearing from the spine to the back can cause sciatic pain and radiate downwards to the limbs. The AlterG has the ability to reduce your gravitational body weight up to 90% which can thus rehabilitate your knee and foot pain that came from scoliosis.
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