Scoliosis occurs as a result of curving the spine to the right or left. Stating that one of the scoliosis treatment methods is specific exercise applications for scoliosis, Osteopath Physiotherapist Büşra Hussain said that they apply many exercise methods for the treatment of scoliosis. Stating that they especially use the schroth method, Hussain said, “We benefit from posture work, 3-dimensional corrections, breathing pattern and exercises that will strengthen the core muscles in the spine.”
“WE ARE TRYING TO FIX THE ANGLE”
Stating that there are differences between the treatments applied to adults and young people, Physiotherapist Büşra Hussain said, “We attach particular importance to the diagnosis of scoliosis in adolescents. We take care to make the diagnosis as early as possible at ages and angles.”
Emphasizing that scoliosis is a progressive disease, Hussain said that when the rate of progression of the angle slows down, they try to correct the angle. Expressing that they applied 3-dimensional exercise therapy at low angles in scoliosis, Hussain stated that they applied exercise and corset therapy together in moderate angles, and they recommended surgical treatment in progressive high angles. Hussain said, “Since scoliosis is a progressive disease, we are trying to slow it down with conservative treatment. If we can control it, we are trying to reduce the angle level,” he said.
Osteopath Physiotherapist Büşra Hussain, who stated that people with scoliosis in adulthood may experience loss of balance due to pain, movement restrictions or an increase in angle, said that with various manual therapy methods, the pain in the patient is reduced and the quality of life is increased with 3-dimensional scoliosis-specific exercises.
“WE CAN PROVIDE CORRECTION WITH BREATHING”
Stating that people’s awareness of their body decreases when scoliosis occurs, Büşra Hussain said, “We apply 3-dimensional corrective exercises and rotational exercises in the Schroth method to the patient. We can take advantage of breathing and provide correction. Again, we want them to do exercises that will strengthen their core muscles. We provide posture training,” he said.
Expressing that there are cases that come after the surgery, Hussain said, “Desired corrections and spinal flexibility can be provided in these patients, depending on the surgeon. We can support the corrections made by the surgeon at a certain rate with exercises. We can provide the patient with posture awareness. Here, too, the relationship between the surgeon and the physiotherapist is important.”
“THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS DISCIPLINE AND PATIENCE”
Stating that rehabilitation practices require patience and discipline, Osteopath Physiotherapist Büşra Hussain said that success can be achieved in regular studies between 6 months and 1 year on average. Emphasizing that the most important thing is to tell children what to do, Hussain said:
“Children come to us once or twice a week. We can invite patients with advanced degrees to treatment more frequently. We teach the exercises to children in an average of 15 sessions. Afterwards, they can continue the treatment with controls. We achieve success with disciplined children, they are happy when they see their photos. They can say, ‘I’m okay’.”
WARNING TO FAMILY: CHECK YOUR CHILDREN
Hussain, who advises families to check their children from time to time, said, “Check your girls especially during and before menstruation. Does it have asymmetry, is there an inequality between the shoulders, is there an inequality in the shoulder blades and waist levels? Because children are suddenly taller, an increase of up to 20 degrees in three months can be observed in the degree of scoliosis. In addition, there must be a good team for treatment. Scoliosis treatment is a team effort. Spine surgeon, physiotherapist, orthotic prosthesis technician, parents and children should be in harmony.