Can a Chiropractor Really Help My Scoliosis?

Many people who suffer with chronic back pain know from experience that a good chiropractor is well worth the time and investment. Chiropractors help countless people reduce or eliminate their painful symptoms by corrected underlying imbalances in the spine and joints that lead to problems in the nervous and muscular systems, thereby alleviating symptoms naturally.

If you have been diagnosed with scoliosis, you have without a doubt suffered from severe pain, and may wonder if a chiropractor is a viable option to provide relief. Two types of scoliosis exist—structural and nonstructural. Someone who suffers from nonstructural (also called “functional scoliosis”) has a spine that appears curved but otherwise functions normally. This type of Scoliosis may be due to muscle tension or inflammation.

Structural scoliosis, on the other hand, means that the spine is permanently curved in the shape of an “S” or “C.” Those who have structural scoliosis will usually require orthopedic surgery and other drastic measures to treat the spine.

It’s virtually impossible to live with structural scoliosis without knowing it — but functional scoliosis can go unnoticed for a long time. If you’ve suffered chronic back pain for months or years, functional scoliosis is something that should definitely be ruled out.

Although chiropractors have an excellent track record in treating scoliosis, neither they nor a doctor can actually cure it. When you visit a chiropractor who is highly trained in treating scoliosis, the chiropractor will have a special set of tools and techniques to help diagnose and treat your condition. In addition to special adjustments, treatment often includes relaxing your muscles and training your muscles and joints in a completely new way. Combination therapy including massage can also be really beneficial for alleviating the symptoms of scoliosis.

The age of the patient also plays a crucial role in determining which steps to take during treatment. Adolescents still have growing spines, and orthopedists will have to determine whether or not the spine will become more curved as growth continues. If the spine’s curve looks like it will become more severe, surgery may become necessary. For adult, a problematic curve of the spine will rarely get worse over time. This means that chiropractic treatment is typically a better option.

Once you choose to go the route of chiropractic care for scoliosis, the chiropractor will work with you diligently and skillfully — provide you seek a reputable and qualified specialist. However, if your curve increases, your chiropractor will refer you to a neurosurgeon or orthopedist for more intensive testing and treatment.

When you schedule your appointment with your chiropractor, make sure that he or she is trained and equipped to treat scoliosis. You may even ask for a list of recommendations. If you are aware that you have scoliosis, you may also want to ask if the chiropractor has had any success with treating other patients with the same problem. Obviously it’s a good idea to proceed with caution; but if you’re suffering from scoliosis or any other type of chronic back pain, it’s good to know that chiropractic is a viable path to relief — without invasive drugs or surgery.