Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis

Chiropractic care for scoliosis offers patients a non-invasive, drug-free treatment option that can help with multiple symptoms. The condition is characterized by a sideways curve in your spine. 

If the angle of deviation in the curvature of your spine is greater than 10 degrees, the condition is diagnosed as scoliosis. While scoliosis is not curable, chiropractic care has been successful in showing marked improvements in spine curvature, pain, and disability.

Read about the scoliosis patient Dr. Desai successfully treated at Lotus Chiropractic Care.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis may first present during adolescence and early teenage, manifesting as a sideways curve in the spine. A large majority of people with scoliosis do not have any severe problems and can live normal lives.

However, in some cases, the spinal curve can worsen over time, causing aches and pains in adulthood. In such cases, there may be a significant drop in the patient’s quality of life, and they may not be able to join activities due to pain, reduced respiratory function, or diminished self-esteem.

In severe cases, scoliosis can also be disabling. A severe curve in the spine reduces the amount of space within the chest and causes problems in the proper functioning of the lungs.

Types of Scoliosis

Idiopathic scoliosis is a type of scoliosis that has no identifiable cause. More than 80% of cases are diagnosed with this type of scoliosis.

Congenital scoliosis occurs before birth, while the baby’s back develops during pregnancy. If there are problems with how the vertebra develops at this stage, the spine is likely to curve. The condition may be apparent when the child is born or diagnosed much later during the child’s teen years.

Neuromuscular scoliosis is caused by disorders such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, or a spinal cord injury, which can weaken the back muscles such that they cannot support the spinal column.

Degenerative scoliosis affects adults. It is likely to develop in the lower back if the spinal disks and joints wear out with age.

Symptoms of Scoliosis

Visible symptoms of scoliosis can include:

  • Visible curvature in the back
  • Uneven shoulders, waist, or hips
  • One shoulder blade that looks bigger
  • Ribs that stick out farther on one side of the body than the other

Other symptoms that may be caused by scoliosis include:

Causes of Scoliosis

The cause of scoliosis is unknown, but there seem to be some hereditary factors that may cause scoliosis to run in families. Other factors that can bring on scoliosis include:

  • Congenital disabilities that affect the development of the spine
  • Neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy
  • Infections or injuries of the spine
  • Spinal cord abnormalities
  • Surgery on the chest wall during early childhood

Chiropractic Treatment for Scoliosis

Chiropractic care can effectively manage and relieve the pain and discomfort caused by scoliosis. Chiropractic treatment for scoliosis is a safe and non-surgical alternative to traditional over-the-counter pain medication that may cause other side effects.

Dr. Desai will order X-rays and other imaging tests to measure your spine's unique, three-dimensional curve and determine the extent of your condition. 

This diagnosis then informs her of the best method of treatment for you. Measurements are usually taken at every visit to make comparisons and ensure that the treatment continues to be effective.

Chiropractic care for scoliosis aims to correct the curve in the spine into the normal position. At Lotus Chiropractic Care, Dr. Desai uses gentle chiropractic techniques to help reduce pain and discomfort for her patients. 

There will be no twisting, popping, or cracking involved. This form of treatment can help you avoid surgery and wearing a brace.

Case Study of Chiropractic Treatment for Scoliosis

The x-ray above shows the before and after treatment results on a 14-year-old. His scoliosis was causing his knees and ankles to give in when he was running, and he wasn’t able to play and be as active as he wanted. 

When he came in for treatment, his spine had an 11.9-degree curve. This put a lot of pressure on the nerves and blood vessels in that area and impacted other parts of his body. 

After undergoing treatment with Dr. Desai, his curve was reduced to 6.4 degrees, which you can see in the x-ray on the right. This returns his spine to the point that is considered non-scoliosis. He was able to play and be active. 

Get Chiropractic Treatment for Scoliosis

Dr. Tanvi Desai is a chiropractic expert with extensive training and experience in caring for patients' spinal misalignments. She offers patients treatment options for gentle adjustments. 

Lotus Chiropractic Care can help improve posture, reduce pain, and improve the body's overall function. If you think you may have scoliosis, Dr. Desai can help get your body back to a pain-free life.

We service residents of Dunwoody and surrounding areas from our office on Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, Georgia.

Learn if chiropractic care may be right for you. Call us at (470) 719-9539 or request an appointment online

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