Scoliosis is a painful and disfiguring condition that affects 5-7 million people in the US. Whether minor or severe, scoliosis has an adverse effect on the body, and without treatment will progress over time. For patients in Tempe, Arizona who have scoliosis, Dr. Colby Guiles at Luxxey Chiropractic offers natural solutions through chiropractic care.
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an unnatural curving of the spinal column. The curving is typically lateral (side to side), but can also be rotational. Over time, it tends to progress and create health problems for the patient.
What causes scoliosis?
For most patients, the cause of scoliosis isn’t known. This is called “idiopathic scoliosis.” Patients may suffer from scoliosis after a traumatic injury, in which case they have degenerative scoliosis. Scoliosis due to neurological conditions like cerebral palsy is known as neuromuscular scoliosis. Finally, birth defects that cause scoliosis are known as congenital scoliosis.
What treatment is available for scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a complex condition, but chiropractic adjustments, especially early in the disease, can help encourage a normal curve to the spine. Patients may need to have at-home exercises as well as chiropractic adjustments to help improve their results. Patients who don’t get chiropractic treatment before the disease has a chance to progress may need surgery or a brace to correct the curving of the spine. This is why it’s important to contact Dr. Giles right away after receiving a scoliosis diagnosis. Patients, especially children, who start receiving chiropractic care soon after their diagnosis have the best outcomes. Those who don’t get care until they’re adults and have a significant curve may see less meaningful results.
Can a chiropractor cure scoliosis?
Dr. Giles can help patients achieve significant relief from their scoliosis discomfort and improve the overall curve of the spine. However, scoliosis isn’t curable, and patients will need to plan for a lifetime of care.
Is chiropractic treatment effective in helping scoliosis patients?
Yes. In 2011 a study in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine found that adult scoliosis patients who received chiropractic care continued to report improvements in pain level, Cobb angle, and overall disability both after treatment concluded and 2 years after the treatments.
The key to successful scoliosis treatment is using a combination of treatments. Scoliosis-specific spinal adjustments along with stretches, exercises, and massage help improve results. At Luxxey Chiropractic, Dr. Giles has seen similar positive results with his patients by taking this scoliosis-specific approach to treatment. Chiropractic care provides a gentle, non-invasive treatment option that can bring positive results. For more information about chiropractic care for scoliosis, talk to Dr. Giles at Luxxey Chiropractic.