Scoliosis Treatment in Singapore at Balance Core
Treatment for scoliosis in Singapore ranges from massage, exercise, chiropractic treatment, to bracing and surgery. 3D Balance Management is a form of non-surgical scoliosis treatment we adopt at Balance Core. It’s safe and offers long lasting pain relief and posture correction.
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is commonly known as “curved spine”. The spine looks straight when viewed from the back or the front. It’s called scoliosis when it bends sideways or the spine forms an “S” or “C” shape.
Scoliosis can be broadly classified into 3 categories:
This accounts for about 80% of all scoliosis, and based on when onset occurs, it can be further classified as infantile (0-3 years), juvenile (3-10 years) and adolescent (>10 years) scoliosis
Scoliosis caused by either neurological or myopathic conditions
Scoliosis caused by congenital defects
How do we tell if someone has scoliosis?
Scoliosis may be suspected and if the following postural changes are noticed:
- Head not centered over body
- Uneven shoulder height
- Uneven scapular height or prominence
- Unsymmetrical gaps between the arms and the trunk
- Line of spine curved
- Uneven height of hips
Other common findings include uneven shoulder / trunk rotations, prominent rib cage on one side, or weight bearing more on one leg.
Depending on which level of the spine is affected, the child may present with different posture faults and the back muscles may be affected. For example, if scoliosis occurs at the neck and upper back, the deformity may cause more of a rotation; if it occurs at the low back, the deformity is more of a trunk shift and side bending. Scoliosis is a condition also commonly associated with pelvic obliquity, leg length discrepancy and foot deformities.
Does AIS get worse if left untreated?
Though some curves do not progress over time, most of the scoliosis curves do worsen over time, especially during the growing years of the children.
The 3 most important progressive factors involved in idiopathic scoliosis are:
Maturity of the patient
The younger the child, the more likely the curvature of the spine has to progress
Severity of the curvature at the time of diagnosis
The larger the scoliosis curvature magnitude, the more likely the curve is to progress
Lumbar spine curves are less often to progress
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How is idiopathic scoliosis treated?
Most of the children with scoliosis less than 40 degrees are managed conservatively with exercises and bracing, not by surgery. One of the most crucial factors that determines the outcome of any treatment is to start treatment early. If a spine curve is suspected, parents should take immediate action as the child should be referred for posture screening and X-ray.
Once a scoliosis is diagnosed by a doctor, the child should start physiotherapy as soon as possible, either or not braces are needed. The reason is that scoliosis does not only affect a child’s appearance, it also reduces the body’s awareness of normal posture, alters neuromuscular control of the spine, and creates muscle imbalance (affects muscle strength).
What do we do at Balance Core?
Though scoliosis is defined as a side-bent, it always involves some degree of rotation and side-shift of the spine, therefore a 3-dimensional deviation of the spine.
At Balance Core, we adopt a unique 3D Balance Scoliosis Management to treat scoliosis cases. The top scoliosis doctors in Singapore recommend this treatment approach for its comprehensiveness and effectiveness. It helps reduce pain, prevent stiffness in certain body parts, improve functional performance and delay worsening of the curve, and is equally effective and beneficial for both children and adults.
We objectively track our patient’s spinal curvature with two tools:
Treatment and management of scoliosis
Surgery is not necessary treatment for all scoliosis cases. If you are looking for scoliosis treatment without surgery in Singapore, physiotherapy is the way to go. At Balance Core, we treat our patients of any age with a unique 3D Balance Scoliosis Management which involves:
- Detailed 3D postural analysis
- Functional task analysis
- Breathing analysis
- Manual adjustments to reduce misalignment and structural restrictions
- Corrective bracing (optional)
- Specific corrective exercises and functional training to achieve optimal balance of the spine, in all 3 dimensions / planes
In Singapore, Physiotherapy for scoliosis condition is not yet a routine treatment in the healthcare system. Traditionally when patients are diagnosed with scoliosis at a young age, the child gets to see a doctor and the common advice given is to “wait and see” approach to see if the scoliosis progresses. If it worsens, the child may need to wear a brace or the doctor may recommend surgery aiming at reducing the abnormal curvature. This reactive approach may lead to wasted opportunity to arrest the root cause of the problem while it is still mild, or lessen the impact even if it is more established.
With proactive physiotherapy treatment aiming at reducing pain and muscular imbalances, and correction of postural or movement errors, the scoliosis condition may not progress into permanent changes.
YOGA FOR SCOLIOSIS
Yoga and pilates has been proven to offer great health benefits and pain relief to people with scoliosis. Scoliosis being an asymmetrical deformity, responds better to poses that focus on lengthening of the shorted / concave side, and strengthening of the weak / convex side.
With a good understanding of the nature of the scoliosis curve, Yoga and pilates can be used as a form of maintenance exercise for scoliosis.
What about adults with scoliosis?
When treating children / adolescent patients with scoliosis or other types of spine conditions, we expect responses in both the bones and soft tissues. For adult scoliosis patients, as their bones would have reached maturity, we would only expect changes in the soft tissues, such as the muscles, the ligaments, and the joint capsule. Although the curvature of spine may not change significantly, overloading of certain parts of the spine or related structures may lead to pain and movement restrictions, and significantly lead to poorer quality of life.
Therefore the main goals of treating adults with scoliosis are pain relief, body posture correction / maintenance, prevention of degenerations, and to optimize the body for active lifestyle. This will help them live a better and more comfortable and active life. Although due to the degenerative changes of bones, the curvature of the spine may not be possible to correct significantly, small changes to the supporting structures around the spine can make a huge difference in back pain or leg pain experience and quality of life. We encourage adults with scoliosis in the spine to seek early physiotherapy interventions to prevent further degenerations and reduction of movement capacity.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Your physiotherapist will perform a thorough assessment to evaluate the problem and identify the problem’s root course. A detailed explanation will be given so that you can fully understand your issues and the outline of subsequent physiotherapy treatment plans.
Thereafter, a treatment involving muscle release, specific muscle activation or joint mobilization, etc. will be rendered to provide symptomatic pain relief and address underlying root problems.