No. Surgery is typically only taken into account when the curve is greater than 50 degrees. Either this or the disorder has significant effects on one’s daily activities or one’s quality of life. Most cases of scoliosis of the spine do not require a surgical procedure. Surgery should only be needed if, following bracing or exercises, the curve begins to deteriorate and progresses to or above 50 degrees. The Cobb’s angle is used to calculate the scoliosis curves degrees. One needs to be conscious of problems with scoliosis surgery such as the stiff spine, muscle weakness of the spine and potential breakage of the rods. Following scoliosis surgery, the spine can no longer grow again. When it is to be performed in growing children, postpone the surgery as much as possible. This is to maintain spine growth.
In addition to surgery, the most popular treatment is bracing and physiotherapy. The aim of using a brace is to control but not to remove the progression of a curve. Bracing is used when the curvature of scoliosis is between 25-40 degrees, and when the spine is not yet at full maturity. It is generally between girls ages 13-15, and boys aged 15-17. A brace is also advised if the curve is less than 25 degrees, but over six months it worsens more than 5 degrees. Over the growing years, the brace has to be worn 18-20 hours a day. That’s to ensure quality.
Physiotherapy aims to strengthen weak muscles, to enhance shortened & tight tissue flexibility. It helps slow muscle imbalance and joint stiffness and helps reduce back pain. Individuals with scoliosis either benefit from it or are not on braces. The stiffer the curves are, the more physiotherapy is needed. Physiotherapy also improves brace adjustment during bracing,
even after the brace has been weaned off.
Using physiotherapy to treat scoliosis
The use of physiotherapy treatments which target muscle imbalances and other factors contributing to excessive spinal curvatures can improve scoliosis. Focus Physiotherapy creates a treatment program that helps you gain greater flexibility in chronically short and tight muscles while strengthening long and weak ones. Such muscle imbalances cause lateral flexing of the spine and affect the strength, posture and function of a person. Addressing imbalances decreases pain symptoms significantly and eliminates them. Physiotherapy clinics offer scoliosis treatment Singapore in both brace-using patients and those who don’t. By ensuring that a stable spinal position is preserved when a person excludes the use of a brace, it supports the results obtained by backing. Physiotherapists consider multiple factors when formulating care plans. These involve the degree and position of spinal curvatures, as well as the age, gender and growth of the patient’s spine. Symptoms linked to scoliosis such as back pain or respiratory symptoms are often considered to provide the appropriate diagnosis for children and adults who deal with scoliosis.