Scoliosis occurs when the spine curves abnormally to the side. This curvature can cause back pain, poor posture, and several other health concerns. While it usually occurs during childhood or adolescence, adults sometimes develop the condition as well.
At Specific Care Chiropractic, we provide Cape Coral scoliosis treatment. If you or a loved one has scoliosis and experiences pain or other symptoms, our chiropractors may be able to help. We will develop a personalized treatment program based on your condition, symptoms, and needs assessment during your initial visit.
Specific Care Chiropractic Treatments for Scoliosis
At Specific Care Chiropractic, our physicians will order X-rays or review your imaging scans to understand your condition better. From there, we will develop a treatment plan to help address your pain, posture, and other symptoms.
Our scoliosis treatments generally focus on a combination of chiropractic adjustments and physiotherapy. We formulate a unique-to-you program to treat your scoliosis and improve your overall health and wellness by choosing treatments from each category.
Chiropractic Treatments for Scoliosis
As chiropractors, our physicians are trained to perform chiropractic adjustments, such as spinal manipulation and other techniques, to help relieve pain. These adjustments help to realign the vertebrae, reducing irritation, stiffness, and pain. Our techniques used to address chronic back pain may include:
- Extremity Manipulation
- Diversified adjustments
- Side Posture
- Thompson Drop-Table Technique
- Toggle Recoil
- Sacral-Occipital Technique (SOT)
Our physicians will determine which of these adjustment techniques will benefit you most, possibly combining several and ordering physiotherapy as well. The goal is to help you reduce the pain you experience, allowing you to return to many of your previous activities and take less medication for your condition.
Physiotherapy is sometimes better known as physical therapy. It consists of exercises, strength and flexibility building, and other techniques to improve the patient’s mobility, range of motion, and overall quality of life. For scoliosis, our therapists may recommend one or more of the following:
- Corrective care
- Ultrasound therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation (E-STIM) therapy
- Stretching and strengthening exercise therapy
You can count on our physicians to continually monitor your progress and alter your treatment plan as necessary. We will explain each technique we use in detail and answer any questions you have about your treatment. We can also point you to evidence of the effectiveness of our therapies and discuss why we believe they are a good choice for you.
Specific Care Chiropractic provides Scoliosis Treatment in Cape Coral
Our physicians see patients for scoliosis at the Specific Care Chiropractic office in Cape Coral:
Our focus is on helping you reduce and eliminate the pain you experience and preventing the development of additional symptoms due to your scoliosis. Chiropractic care provides a non-narcotic, non-invasive way of dealing with back pain and preventing future pain and disability.
At Specific Care Chiropractic, our team tailors a comprehensive treatment and wellness program for every patient. We assess your needs, prescribe adjustments and therapy, and begin your care during your initial visit. To learn more, we offer a New Patients Center online.
What Causes Scoliosis?
Scoliosis occurs when the spine abnormally curves to the side. This curve can be relatively minor or severe—the greater the spinal curvature, the more serious the symptoms the person experiences, in most cases.
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), there are several types of scoliosis:
Most scoliosis diagnoses are for idiopathic scoliosis—this comprises about 80 percent of all cases. It is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning there is no known cause. It is usually diagnosed during puberty, although adults can receive this diagnosis, too.
Congenital scoliosis occurs because of a problem during the baby’s development in the mother’s womb. Diagnosis usually happens when the child is young.
Neuromuscular scoliosis occurs because of another primary condition, such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spina bifida
- Spinal muscular atrophy
Spinal cord trauma with lasting impairments can also cause this type of scoliosis.
When adults over age 65 have scoliosis, it is generally degenerative scoliosis. It is the result of wear and tear on the joints and vertebrae in the spine. This form most commonly occurs in the lumbar spine but can occur in other areas.
It may or may not occur alongside spinal stenosis, which is a condition that leads to a narrowed spinal canal. It compresses key nerves and causes back pain as well as nerve dysfunction.
Concerns About Not Treating Scoliosis
Leaving scoliosis unaddressed can allow the condition to worsen and trigger additional symptoms, including increased pain, loss of mobility, and difficulty sitting or standing straight. In addition, severe scoliosis can affect the body in other ways, including:
- Allowing your rib cage to compress your lungs, making it more difficult to breathe
- Causing one side of your body to be higher than the other because of the misalignment of your spine
- Inflammation of nerves in your back, legs, arms, or other affected areas
- Chronic pain and nerve pain
At Specific Care Chiropractic, we provide treatments that can reduce the risk of developing these severe effects of scoliosis. Chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy cannot straighten the spine and cure your scoliosis. Even surgery is not always effective at completely repairing the curvature. However, our treatment plans are often effective at:
- Relieving or reducing chronic pain
- Improving range of motion and allowing the patient to return to previous activities
- Lowering their disability rating
- Lessening the spinal curvature
Schedule Your Cape Coral Scoliosis Treatment Evaluation Today
At Specific Care Chiropractic, our physicians assess every patient to better understand their needs and how we can help. Then, we tailor our treatment plan to their specific needs. During your initial appointment with our team, we will assess your condition and prescribe chiropractic and physiotherapy techniques to help relieve your pain and restore your spinal health.