SCOLIOSIS WE GOT YOUR BACK! A L S O I N S I D E : How Can Physical Therapy Treat Scoliosis? • Patient Success Spotlight Staff Spotlight • Exercise Essentials • Follow Us On Social Media • Healthy Recipe
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SCOLIOSIS: WE GOT YOUR BACK!
HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN TREAT AND MANAGE YOUR SCOLIOSIS
PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT
Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, often occurs when children are just entering puberty, which is a stressful enough time without also having to deal with a physical limitation. The cause is not always known, although rarer forms are connected to injury, muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. Yet through a range of treatments, including physical therapy, scoliosis does not have to be disabling -- or even noticeable. WHAT ARE WARNING SIGNS OF SCOLIOSIS? In general, a lack of alignment in the upper body may indicate that a child has scoliosis. Specifically, if one hip and/or or one shoulder looks higher than the other, or one shoulder blade seems to be more easily discernible than the other, scoliosis may be a factor. In more advanced cases, back pain, a pronounced curve in the spine, or ribs that stick out noticeably on one side, can be a scoliosis indicator. Difficulty in breathing may occur, as your ribs press against one or both lungs.
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HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY TREAT SCOLIOSIS?
Your physical therapist can help you retrain your body to function more effectively with your particular alignment issues. In addition, physical therapy for scoliosis increases your range of motion, as well as builds strength in parts of your body which have been weakened through misalignment. PT is also useful for scoliosis patients who have muscles and joints which have stiffened over time. Through manual therapy, your physical therapist will ease this tension, while redirecting movement. Electric stimulation, ice and heat applications can also be beneficial for back pain and stiffness issues. It’s never too late to begin scoliosis physical therapy. A physical therapist will be able to assess the severity of your condition and create a treatment plan tailored to your goals and needs. WHAT IF MY CHILD SUFFERS FROM SCOLIOSIS? Children with moderate and severe cases of scoliosis will probably need more intervention than physical therapy alone. Bracing is common for moderate scoliosis. A severe case -- or one which is treated after most growing has occurred– may call for surgery. In mild cases, however, physical therapy may be enough. PT can additionally augment more aggressive treatment for moderate and severe cases.
If your child is living with scoliosis, or you are suspicious of it, don’t hesitate to contact our office today. At your child’s initial appointment, a comprehensive exam will be conducted to determine the diagnosis of the condition and determine the best possible course of treatment for your child. At Eastside Sports Rehab, our dedicated physical therapists can help your child retrain his or her body to function more effectively with the particular alignment issues at hand. Physical therapy for scoliosis will also help to increase your child’s range of motion, in addition to building strength in the parts of the body that may have been weakened through misalignment. Are you or your child living with scoliosis? Eastside Sports Rehab can help! Call 425.576.8180 to schedule your consultation and get started on the first steps of your treatment plan! Sources http://www.moveforwardpt.com/symptomsconditionsdetail.aspx?cid=44c972bb-9690-4505-99f2-0a4c6d1a41a4 http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/scoliosis/home/ovc-20193685 How can I get my child started with treatments?
EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Perform This Exercise To Help With Scoliosis
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PELVIC TILT Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Thrust your hips upward, keeping your core tight and back flat on the floor. Hold the raised position for 5 seconds, breathing steadily. Return to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.
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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
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SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: THE SCHROTH METHOD THE SCHROTH METHOD is a physiotherapeutic treatment systemwhich uses isometric and other exercises to strengthen or lengthen asymmetrical muscles in a scoliotic body. Its goals are to halt progression of abnormal spinal curvature, and in the best case, to reverse the curves. The systemof exercises for scoliosis was developed in the 1920s by Katharina Schroth (1894-1985), and further developed by her daughter Christa Lehnert-Schroth. By the 1960s, the Schroth Method had become the standard non-surgical treatment for scoliosis in Germany. Schroth treatment is currently supported in Germany by the federal health insurance system, and German orthopedic surgeons routinely refer patients for Schroth scoliosis exercise therapy.
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: MEET THE SCOLIOSIS EXPERT!
LISA DEVLIEG has been practicing physical therapy on the Eastside since 2002. She grew up in Bellevue, graduating from Sammamish High School. She went to Washington State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Biology. She then went on to graduate from the University of Washington with a Master’s in Physical Therapy. Her Apple Cup allegiance is challenged every year.
The Schroth Method helps to: • Slow or halt curve progression • Reduce pain • Increase vital capacity • Avoid surgery
• Improve posture and appearance • Maintain improved posture lifelong
Lisa has worked in outpatient orthopedics her entire career. She sees a variety of patients including spine, pre and post op conditions, and extremity dysfunctions. She is also certified in Schroth Therapy that address adolescent scoliosis. She is passionate about patient education and strives to ensure her patients understand their condition, but more so what it takes to restore them to pre-injury status. She approaches patient care from a global perspective, fully understanding there are outside influences that are contributory to the clinical picture. When not at work, you can likely find Lisa on local hiking trails or planning international adventure travel.
If you are suffering from scoliosis, the Schroth Method may benefit you. Contact Eastside Sports Rehabilitation Clinic today to find out more about this service and how they can aid you in your recovery process.
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT TELEHEALTH?
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been causing numerous health care facilities to shut down, we as medical professionals are diligently trying to serve our patients in the best ways possible without risking the spread of this disease. Because of this, in addition to keeping our facilities open, we are also oftfering e-Visits (via the Zoom app) as well as Telehealth services for those who wish to stay at home. By providing care for our patients virtually, as opposed to in person, we are able to keep both our patients and PT providers safe. Telehealth services can be accessed via your smartphone or computer, with which you’ll be
free to perform your PT treatments from the comfort of your own home. Using this service, you can view and log your prescribed daily exercises, track your progress, and even access our blogs and other helpful resources–you can even use the app to send tips to friends and family! New patient or new injury? Schedule live e-Visit consultations with a qualified physical therapist without even walking in the clinic! Our physical therapists will be able to discuss and walk through your treatment plan online! Ready to get started? Visit our website at eastsidesportsrehab.com/teletherapy today or call us at 425.576.8180!Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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