by Dr. Michael Baranov, PT, March 3, 2015
Physical therapists are ideally suited to treat scoliosis and the Michael Baranof, PT is one of the specialists at MBF Rehab that provides scoliosis treatment in Fresh Meadows. Why is that the case? Here are the reasons why you should see at PT:
- They are experts in the conservative treatment of the spine.
- They spend the necessary time with patients. If fact, studies suggest PTs spend 3-4x as much time with patients as doctors.
- They provide a holistic plan of care. Patients only attend PT 2-3x/week. That leaves about 165 hours each week that patients can be helping themselves. That’s why patients received a detailed home program…so they can be helping themselves manage scoliosis on a daily basis.
- You don’t have to wait to get started on treatment. We have immediate appointments available for conservative scoliosis treatment.
- Compassionate and caring team. All of our staff care very much about helping our patients successfully achieve their treatment goals.
Is You Appropriate for Treatment?
This website goes into detail about the different types of scoliosis but as you can see on page two, PTs are involved in the planning and delivery of care. Moreover, before you see a specialists, patients should try conservative care first. And, you should get treatment if you have scoliosis. Treatment can be very important for some patients because without it, there can be, as the Mayo Clinic reports, serious complications. Some of them are:
- Lung and heart damage. In severe scoliosis, the rib cage may press against the lungs and heart, making it more difficult to breathe and harder for the heart to pump.
- Back problems. Adults who had scoliosis as children are more likely to have chronic back pain than are people in the general population.
- Appearance. As scoliosis worsens, it can cause more noticeable changes — including unlevel shoulders, prominent ribs, uneven hips, and a shift of the waist and trunk to the side. Individuals with scoliosis often become self-conscious about their appearance.
For more about complications visit the Mayo Clinic website.
In summary, physical therapist guided treatment is a great way to go. We encourage you to contact us if you need care. We are passionate about providing high-quality care without the side effects of medications, injections and surgery. Not that some or all of those treatments don’t have their place. We are simply saying that you should try conservative care first before aggressive care.
Call us today.