Question: I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was a teenager. What can I do to help maintain a healthy spine and reduce the risk of increasing the curvature in my spine?

Answer: In physical therapy, we educate the patient on how the back functions and what positions can either increase or decrease the stress on the spine. Simple tasks such as changing the shoulder on which you carry your purse or bag can help decrease the stress placed on your back. Checking your posture when sitting at work or when sleeping to make sure your spine is in good alignment is important. Exercises that consist of stretching, yoga, and core strength have also been very beneficial to maintaining a healthy spine.

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