Scoliosis Specialist

Back To Health Physical & Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Specialists located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY

It’s estimated that as many as nine million people in the United States have scoliosis, which is a curvature of the spine. Treatment isn’t always necessary for scoliosis, especially in mild cases, but you may benefit from physical therapy to improve posture and spine health. Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy, with four facilities located in Brooklyn, New York, specializes in spine and scoliosis rehabilitation. For scoliosis therapy, call the Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, Ditmas Park, or Bensonhurst location or book an appointment online.

Scoliosis Q & A

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition that causes an abnormal curvature in your spine. Normally, your spine runs in a fairly straight line from your head down to your buttocks. With scoliosis, your spine curves to the side, creating an S-shape. It most often develops in children during their adolescent growth spurt.

The degree of the curve determines the severity of your condition. Most people have only mild scoliosis, but severe cases can cause deformities and be disabling.

Doctors aren’t sure what causes most cases of scoliosis, referred to as idiopathic scoliosis, but you may be more at risk if you have a family history of the spine condition. Congenital defects, neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy, and injury to the spine may also lead to scoliosis.

What are the symptoms of scoliosis?

There are many signs that may indicate you have scoliosis. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Off center waist
  • Lean to one side
  • Uneven shoulders
  • One hip is higher than the other
  • Head isn’t centered over your pelvis
  • Asymmetrical rib cage

You may also experience back pain.

If you, or your child, has one or more of these symptoms you should have your spine evaluated. Your doctor can diagnose scoliosis after a physical exam and diagnostic testing, such as an X-ray or MRI.

How is scoliosis treated?

Treatment for scoliosis depends on the severity of your curvature. In mild cases, you may only need to be monitored. However, if your doctor has concerns about your curvature and how it may affect your health, you may benefit from bracing.

Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy specializes in scoliosis rehabilitation and can create an exercise program to help improve posture, even if your curve is only mild. Improving posture may also improve overall health, in addition to spine health.

In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the deformity. The therapists at Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy provide rehabilitation after your surgery to help you regain strength, balance, and coordination.

Can physical therapy help other back conditions?

The therapists at Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy specialize in treating all conditions that affect your musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, and tendons in your back.

Common back conditions the team treat include:

  • Spondylosis, which is arthritis of your spine
  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain

In addition to physical therapy, Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy also offers massage therapy as a treatment to help manage various back conditions, including scoliosis and spondylosis.

For therapeutic management of your back condition, including scoliosis, call Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.