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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Does scoliosis make me more vulnerable to spinal injury?

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    Dr Greg Sher


    I am the Clinic Director of the Sydney Spine and Sports Clinic.At our clinic, we see an equal mix of city office workers and elite … View Profile

    It obviously depends on the type, cause and location of the scoliosis, but having a curve in the spine significantly increases the likelihood of injuring the spine. 
    If it doesn't cause obvious injury and pain, it is a big causitive factor in getting earlier onset degeneration of the spine, which is a known cause for back problems down the line. 

    I recommend that any person who has a scoliosis should be seeing a manual therapist to maximise their structure and function (a chiropractor would move stiff spine segments, recommend strenghthening exercises, and some would even give postural advice).
    We would also look if there is an obvious cause foe the curve, and, depending on the age of the patient, either refer them for bracing, or try and correct the cause early.

    I hope that helps somewhat.  

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