Scoliosis – A Curvature of the Spine

If you have scoliosis, you are well aware of the hardships that it can add to your life. For those not familiar, scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that usually manifests itself between the ages of 10 and 20 years old. Unfortunately, in some cases people with scoliosis go through severe symptoms and side effects. Sufferers may at some point experience inconvenient and painful symptoms such as severe pain in the shoulders, neck and lower back, as well as other, more frightening symptoms, such as respiratory or cardiac irregularity. From person to person, scoliosis manifests itself in different ways, but in every case, the sufferer will want relief.

Chances are, if you have scoliosis, you will most likely have observed the symptoms, and been diagnosed.  If you are concerned that your child may have the condition, you will want to identify it right away. Early diagnosis can go a long way in preventing the condition from worsening. Besides the above illustrated symptoms, other things to look out for include uneven hips or arm and leg lengths, prominent ribs or shoulder blades, as well as uneven musculature on one side of the spine.

Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to prevent the onset of scoliosis. It is a naturally occurring condition that is without a cure. In most cases, doctors are not even sure how it came about, and while there are cases where the scoliosis can go away (rarer forms that are the product of other conditions, such as appendicitis) many cases are lifelong. Like all medical conditions, every case is unique, but regardless, if you or a loved one are affected, you will want to seek the appropriate treatment. Today, we will highlight the benefits of seeing a chiropractor to treat your scoliosis.

 

A doctor examines a boy with Scoliosis

Scoliosis Treatment with a Chiropractor

If you are aware of the services that a chiropractor provides, they may already seem like a natural choice. Since chiropractors focus on maintaining spine alignment in their patients to naturally promote health and wellness, treating scoliosis seems like an obvious service that they would offer, and indeed it is. While conventional treatment of scoliosis will often involve pain medication or surgery, the goal of the chiropractor is always to treat their patients without the use of either. While often times the medical response is to respond to symptoms, chiropractors treat the patient, and work to facilitate the conditions for the body to do its own healing.

Before we continue, it should be noted that some cases of scoliosis will require the intervention of an orthopedist. In rare cases in which the curvature of the spine is extreme, scoliosis can be life threatening. Surgical treatment for scoliosis is never cosmetic. The necessity of the procedure is always determined by the severity of the individual’s symptoms. If your condition does require surgery, seeing both a chiropractor and an orthopedist is a good way to receive full and comprehensive treatment. If you are fortunate enough not to require surgery, then you may find that just seeing a chiropractor will be enough to relieve your pain naturally.

Scoliosis Treatment – Your First Visit

As is true with most health professionals, your visit to the chiropractor will begin with a physical and possibly an X-ray. In this case, examination will be used to determine the progression of your scoliosis, so that your chiropractor can plan treatment accordingly. For mild cases, monitoring, and treatment for subluxations might be all that is required, otherwise, your chiropractor will identify and orchestrate additional steps to provide relief. Whatever the outcome, rest assured that this first step is done to facilitate a personalized treatment regiment designed around your individualized needs.

Adjustments

After your chiropractor has identified your specific needs, the next step will most likely be to undergo a series of adjustments. Chiropractors use adjustments for a wide variety of things, including treatment for back and neck pain, as well as things like tennis elbow, or migraines. In this case, the aim will be to gently begin to stabilize the curvature of the spine. The ultimate goal of all treatment for scoliosis is to reduce your ‘cobb angle,’ or rather, the degree to which your spine curves. To accomplish this, your chiropractor will apply a series of manual, or instrument assisted applications of pressure intended coax the spine into realignment. Of course, given the nature of scoliosis, this method of treatment will extend beyond just one visit, and last for as long as patient and doctor agree the results are worthwhile.

Long Term Care

Besides offering adjustments, your chiropractor will also provide you with an individualized physical therapy regimen consisting of stretches and exercises designed around managing your scoliosis. Since chiropractors offer very individualized treatment, and scoliosis itself is a condition that varies widely from person to person, the specifics of the exercises and therapy will be similarly variant. Certainly, no aspect of treating scoliosis is “one size fits all.” Whatever the ensuing prescribed exercises consist of, you can rest assured they have been optimized to fit your individual needs.

Many people have found relief from the pains of their scoliosis in the office of a chiropractor. As research progresses, the numbers are only growing. Of course, as already mentioned, treatment for scoliosis ranges widely, and since the condition can last a life time, many of its sufferers end up trying a wide range of treatment plans. While only you can determine the route that you want to take, many people are rightly dissatisfied with the suggestion of surgery, long term dependency on pain medication, and awkward back braces. In some cases, these things may be necessary, but it seems pertinent to avoid them in the cases that they are not.

If you are in Austin and want relief not just from your pain but also from the sometimes agonizing treatments of the more conventional approaches to scoliosis care, give Moore Chiropractic Health Care Center of Austin a call at  (512) 459-5523 today. Committing to go see Dr. Moore is more than just making another appointment. It is the start of a partnership between your body, and Dr. Moore to help you heal naturally.  If you are interested in the help of a professional that sees you as more than just a series of symptoms, then let’s get you started today.