Scoliosis is defined as a lateral curvature of the spine greater than 10 degrees. It is a three-dimensional torsional deformity of the spine and trunk and affects an estimated 2-3% of the population (roughly 7 million people in the US have scoliosis – you are not alone!) Idiopathic scoliosis (of unknown origin) accounts for the majority of scoliosis cases in otherwise healthy children. We know that it is more common in girls than boys and this ratio seems to increase with the severity of curvature. Other forms of scoliosis also include congenital, neuromuscular and degenerative or adult onset. While Schroth is most effective as a treatment for idiopathic scoliosis, the concepts can be applied and modified for different groups when working with a well- trained therapist. Care is taken to clearly identify treatment goals and expectations at the time of assessment.
While it is normal to have kyphosis in the thoracic region of the spine, Scheunemann's Kyphosis is characterized by an exaggerated, stiff outward curve of the thoracic spine and is more common in male patients. Radiological signs include thoracic kyphosis greater than 50 degrees, irregular endplates of the vertebra and ventral wedging of at least 5 degrees in 3 adjacent vertebrae. Thoracolumbar kyphosis, although less common, is typically a more painful condition. Patients often present with pain and an outward curvature at the point where the thoracic and lumbar spines meet. Please contact us to schedule a free discovery visit if you would like to be screened for this condition and receive more information.