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Scoliosis

A scoliosis is the lateral (sideways) curvature of the spine, most of which are mild cases with little to no symptoms. There are three different types or causes of scoliosis; idiopathic (unknown cause), congenital (passed down through genes), or neuromuscular. 

Some children develop these and other spinal deformities while they are growing, that gradually become more severe as they grow. Severe scoliosis can be both disabling and very painful. Severe scoliosis is usually treated with a brace, or sometimes surgery. 

The less severe cases of scoliosis can be treated, by a Physiotherapist. An assessment for scoliosis will involve assessing the movement and mobility of the spine, along with the surrounding musculature, and functional abilities. This assessment will guide the treatment, leading to potentially muscle releases, joint mobility work, strengthening of the paraspinal muscles, & improving the stability throughout the spine.