What is scoliosis and how physio can help?

While most cases of Scoliosis are mild, severe cases can lead to breathing issues, inability to walk and chronic pain.  

Scoliosis is the three-dimensional abnormality that causes the spine to become rotated and curved causing the spine to appear in an ‘S’ shaped structure. This imbalance in the spine places added pressure on the surrounding muscles and can affect an individual’s mobility, posture, and function.

Scoliosis often develops in adolescents during their growth and can become very painful and distressing. According to Child and Adolescent Health Services Australia, 1 in 15 girls develop symptoms of Scoliosis and approximately 3% of the population are affected by the condition.   

Scoliosis has a range of symptoms depending on its severity. These symptoms can include;    

  • Uneven hips    
  • Uneven shoulders    
  • Prominent shoulder blade on one side   
  • Muscle weakness and flexibility in the spine    
  • Difficulty maintaining balance   
  • Muscle aches or spasms   
  • Back pain     

Although Scoliosis is not a curable condition, it can be effectively managed with the right treatment. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment that can bring instant relief and improve the day-to-day lives of those with Scoliosis.   

Here at Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, our experienced physiotherapists can create a custom treatment that aims to manage symptoms and bring instant relief from Scoliosis. Through our hands-on treatment, we’re able to reduce pain by releasing pressure off the muscles and joints surrounding the spine.  

During this process, we’re able to strengthen the muscles, increase mobility as well as flexibility in the spine. Hydrotherapy is also an effective method that can be a part of our treatment program, as the water allows the muscles to relax, while also relieving pain and discomfort for those with Scoliosis. 

If you or a family member have Scoliosis and are experiencing pain – talk to our team today. You can have the confidence knowing our qualified and highly skilled physiotherapists will create a personalised treatment to bring you instant relief from your symptoms.   

Call Progressive Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy today on 4721 7798 or email: info@progressiverehab.com.au

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.