Occupational Therapy for Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a medical condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. The spine typically has a natural curve, but in scoliosis, the spine curves sideways, forming an "S" or "C" shape. This curvature can occur in various regions of the spine and can range from mild to severe.


Scoliosis can be classified in several ways including;


The causes of Scoliosis include;

Risk Factors

The risk factors for Spinal Stenosis include age, genetics, congenital conditions such as scoliosis, previous spinal injury and arthritis. 


Common symptoms of Scoliosis include; 

Occupational Therapy Specialism

Occupational Therapists who specialise in assessing and treating people who have Scoliosis are based in a branch of Occupational Therapy called Neurorehabilitation.

Common Difficulties associated with Scoliosis

Scoliosis, especially when more severe, can lead to various difficulties and challenges. These difficulties may affect both physical and emotional well-being. Here are some common difficulties associated with scoliosis:

Back Pain

Limited Mobility

Breathing Difficulties

Sleep Disturbances

Potential Complications

Emotional and Psychological Impact

Treatment-related Challenges

How can Occupational Therapy help?

Occupational therapy can play a valuable role in helping individuals with scoliosis manage the challenges associated with the condition. Occupational therapists work to enhance a person's ability to engage in daily activities and improve overall quality of life. Here are ways in which occupational therapy can help individuals with scoliosis:

Assessment and Adaptation of Daily Activities

Postural Education and Training

Customized Exercise Programs

Pain Management Strategies

Assistive Devices and Adaptive Equipment

Environmental Modifications

Coping Strategies and Mental Health Support

Education and Lifestyle Management