Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that can cause back pain, shoulder pain, weakness, and more. This condition can range from mild to severe and may get worse over time. Treatments options such as chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and bracing may be used to prevent correct spinal curvature, prevent further curvature, and improve symptoms.
If you or a family member experience discomfort and other symptoms of scoliosis, you may find relief with chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive treatment option that can improve symptoms of scoliosis and correct spinal curvature. The doctors of chiropractic at Specific Care Chiropractic offer Deerfield Beach scoliosis treatment tailored to each patient’s needs.
What Is Scoliosis?
According to University of Florida Health, scoliosis is an exaggerated curvature of the spine that can cause the spine to appear S-shaped or C-shaped. Most cases of scoliosis are idiopathic, meaning there is no known cause, although the condition can be caused by other conditions including muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and polio. Girls are ten times more likely than boys to develop scoliosis. Scoliosis often gets worse during a growth spurt.
Many people with scoliosis experience minimal symptoms that require little to no treatment. However, serious cases of scoliosis can cause a wide range of problems. Because the spine is central to the proper function of the entire body, problems with the spine can cause imbalances that extend to the extremities and internal organs.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
The symptoms of scoliosis vary from person to person depending on the severity of their case. Many patients experience mild symptoms such as:
- Back pain, especially in the lower back
- Pain that radiates to the hips
- Shoulder pain
- Uneven posture that causes one hip or shoulder to be higher than the other
- Feeling weak or tired after standing for extended periods
More severe cases of scoliosis can cause more serious symptoms, especially as the condition progresses over time. Some patients experience:
- Serious back and shoulder pain
- Damage to the spine
- Nerve damage
- Breathing problems resulting from impeded movement of the ribs
Chiropractic Treatment Can Help With Scoliosis
Chiropractic treatments have been shown to help people with scoliosis. Adjusting the spine can improve the curvature caused by scoliosis. Correcting this curvature can prevent further curving of the spine and associate nerve damage. It can also reduce pain in the hips, pelvic, shoulders, lower back, and other areas. Research shows that chiropractic care can provide:
Correction of Spinal Curvature
A 2017 study published in the journal Clinics and Practice followed adolescent patients with idiopathic scoliosis through a chiropractic treatment program designed to treat scoliosis. Roughly 90% of these patients achieved curvature correction or stabilization after following the chiropractic rehabilitation program.
Improved Curvature, Pain, and Other Symptoms
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported that a 15-year-old girl with severe scoliosis experienced improved curvature, reduced lower back pain, and improved bowel function after 18 months of chiropractic treatment.
Improved Pain and Disability
The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine reported that adults with scoliosis reported decreased pain and disability after 24 months of chiropractic treatment.
We Offer Chiropractic Treatment for Scoliosis
Our doctors of chiropractic in Deerfield Beach have years of experience providing treatment for patients with scoliosis. Our team will evaluate your condition, then develop a treatment plan designed just for you. While there is no cure for scoliosis, proper treatment can correct some of the curvature of the spine, prevent further curvature, and reduce symptoms. Our practitioners offer both chiropractic adjustments and physiotherapy treatments for scoliosis.
Our doctors use chiropractic adjustments to manipulate the spine, improving its curvature, alignment, and mobility.
The most common chiropractic technique, the diversified adjustment uses force to bring the spine back into alignment with thrusting movements by the doctor. It causes the popping sounds people associate with chiropractic treatment.
Seated Diversified Adjustment
The seated diversified adjustment is the same as the diversified adjustment, but instead of lying down, the patient remains seated. This approach works best for neck, shoulder, and lower back pain, and also improves posture.
Side Posture Adjustment
Scoliosis patients with lower back pain may improve with a side posture adjustment. Here, patients lie on their side with one knee bent up as the doctor uses force to adjust the spine.
Thompson Drop-Table Technique
The Thompson Drop-Table Technique uses a special table made up of seven segments. The patient typically lies face-down on the table. The doctor will apply gentle force to the spine while dropping the appropriate segment of the table.
Knee-chest adjustments help patients with cervical or neck pain. The patient kneels on a cushion while placing their chest on the table for adjustments.
Scoliosis can cause problems outside of the spine. Patients with pain in the hips, shoulders, or other extremities may benefit from adjustments targeting these areas.
The activator method uses a hand-held instrument to apply high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts to the targeted area.
This approach applies gentle thrusts, as opposed to the forceful thrusts used in diversified adjustments, to the affected area. Scoliosis patients with mild symptoms may prefer the toggle-recoil method.
Sacral-Occipital Technique (SOT)
The goal of SOT is to balance and align the sacrum, or lower back, with the occipital region, where the head meets the neck. This approach is useful for patients experiencing symptoms in these areas as well as the pelvis.
Physiotherapy for Scoliosis
At Specific Care Chiropractic, our team also offers physiotherapy to treat scoliosis. These treatments help patients improve mobility and flexibility, reduce pain and other negative symptoms, and improve long-term prognosis. For people with scoliosis, we may recommend:
- Massage therapy
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Corrective care
- Stretching and strengthening
- Electrical Muscle Stimulation (E-STIM)
- Ultrasound Therapy
Our team will create a plan specific to your needs. We will update this care plan over time to maintain your progress, improve your symptoms, and respond to any changes in your condition.
Choose Specific Care Chiropractic for Deerfield Beach Scoliosis Treatment
Reach out to our team at Specific Care Chiropractic in Deerfield Beach if you or your child needs scoliosis treatment. Our doctors will develop a treatment plan designed to relieve your symptoms, improve your posture and alignment, and prevent future decline. Call our office today at (239) 932-5314 to schedule your first appointment.