“Can a chiropractor fix my Scoliosis?”. If you, or someone you know, suffers from scoliosis it may be a question that is on your mind.
Whilst a chiropractor can’t ‘fix’ the condition, chiropractic treatment may help with the symptoms associated with scoliosis. Spinal manipulation alone will not reduce scoliosis, however, spinal adjustments and manipulation may help to improve mobility and for those with scoliosis ease areas of aches and pains.
How effective chiropractic treatment will be in helping manage the symptoms will depend on several factors including upon the severity of the condition.
It is important for a person to seek specialist advice and should seek a referral from their GP to a scoliosis specialist as soon as possible. The scoliosis can then be assessed and the specialist can discuss the best treatment option.
What Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a spinal condition that causes a sideways curvature of the spine. The spine curves to the side and the spine may also twist at the same time. The ribcage may be pulled out of position as a result of this twisting.
It can range greatly in terms of severity. In some cases, symptoms are minimal and do not significantly impact a person’s quality of life. In more severe cases, it can be extremely painful and cause disability. More severe cases often require corrective surgery and the use of back braces.
Common symptoms include back pain, leaning to one side, muscle spasms, an uneven waist, and physical deformity. For the least severe cases, physical therapy is all that is required. Severe scoliosis can require a combination of a back brace, surgery, and physical therapy.
What Causes Scoliosis?
Scoliosis can affect babies, children, teenagers and adults. Whilst some babies are born with the condition, it can affect people at different points in their lives. It can happen:
- Before birth: Congenital scoliosis
- In young children: Early onset scoliosis
- In older children and teenagers: Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
- As adults: Degenerative scoliosis
The cause of scoliosis in most cases is unknown (idiopathic). In some instances, the cause may be a neuromuscular condition, or it can develop as part of a syndrome:
How Our Ealng Chiropractor Can Help With Scoliosis
As has been said, chiropractic cannot cure or reverse scoliosis. However, chiropractic may be able to help improve mobility, improve spinal function and reduce aches and pains.
Our qualified and experienced Ealing chiropractor specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves of the body. Treatment consists of a wide range of techniques to improve the function of joints and muscles, relieving pain and muscle spasm. Chiropractic does not involve the use of drugs or surgery.
When you visit our chiropractic clinic in Ealing, our chiropractor will start by asking you questions about your pain, medical history and lifestyle. He will then carry out a full and thorough examination to fully understand your condition and to determine a treatment plan that is appropriate for you.
If treatment is indicated, your chiropractor will begin your treatment often with gentle, specific adjustments (the chiropractic word for manipulation). These manual adjustments are done to free stiff joints and remove spinal nerve irritation. This effective drug- free treatment is generally painless.
Following your treatment your Chiropractor may recommend some things you can do to help your condition which may include exercise and lifestyle advice.
If you would like to learn more about how chiropractic care can help with scoliosis, contact our experienced Chiropractor in Ealing at The Spine & Joint Centre, on 020 8900 9004 or via email@example.com.