Many people suffer from back pain due to long hours sitting down at their desks or from improper posture. However, there are millions of people in the US that suffer from scoliosis, which is a condition where the curvature within the spine isn’t fully aligned. This condition often occurs in children before puberty and, as they get older, can become much worse. Often times the only way to treat scoliosis is by undergoing surgery.
However, as we’ll discuss in today’s article, there are ways to manage it and even prevent the curvature from getting worse.
Is scoliosis painful?
The short answer is yes, but you’re not here for a short answer.
Most spines have vertebrae that are neatly stacked on top of each other, with a disc of cartilage in between each one to act as a cushion and offer your spine extra flexibility.
Yet, the spine of someone with scoliosis curves unnaturally, causing the vertebrae to not stack neatly on top of each other. Instead, the vertebrae “curves” to one side.
This curvature can compress the spinal discs causing the vertebrae to rub against each other, leading to the vertebrae developing painful bone spurs.
However, scoliosis pain isn’t limited to the spinal column. Because your nervous system is connected to the spine, the unnatural curvature of the vertebrae can rub against this nervous system leading to back pain, muscle spasms, and more.
Is chiropractic care right for scoliosis?
The only known method in today’s world in treating scoliosis is surgery. But there is a catch. These surgeries are often reserved for those who suffer from curves that are 50° or more. This can be frustrating because if you are someone that doesn’t meet those qualifications but still suffers from scoliosis, then you know how painful and annoying it can be to deal with it.
That’s where chiropractic care enters the picture. This holistic approach, which factors in the entire function of your body with the goal of realigning the body so it can heal itself, can be used to help prevent further curvature of the spine, as well as strengthening the muscles around the spine. Additionally, it can help address other symptoms in your body like back pain, joint problems, muscle spasms, and more.
Though chiropractic care may not be able to cure scoliosis, it can sure help alleviate any discomfort or pain and aid in realigning your spine. If you notice your child’s posture seems “off” or they have been identified in school with scoliosis - don’t wait, do something about it NOW! The spine is more malleable now than waiting until they reach adulthood.
Visit us at ProActive Health today to “Align Your Spine, Realign Your Life!”
Ready to see a chiropractor, whether for the first time or as someone looking to visit a new chiropractic office? Dr. Doug Patterson or Dr. Michael Hummer at ProActive Health is the top choice in the Michiana area! They will help guide you in developing a plan to tackle a routine exercise plan, consuming the right foods, and targeting your goals with chiropractic care.
Dr. Doug Patterson hurt his back in 1993 thus he first sought the care of a Chiropractor. After this experience, he decided he wanted to help people himself by pursuing chiropractic. He is a 1997 graduate of the Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia, and has been in practice for 25+ years. Since then, Dr. Doug has expanded his field of practice to include functional medicine, science-based nutrition, and now certified in Shockwave Therapy. Schedule a visit with Dr. Doug at ProActive Health today!
Dr. Michael Hummer is native to northern Indiana. He grew up very active and found great enjoyment playing football, rugby, and wrestling. Dr. Mike earned his undergraduate degree in Dietetics at Ashland University where as a student-athlete he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. After graduation, he went on to become a personal trainer, and through his passion for both fitness and nutrition, he helped people to achieve their own goals and acquire greater health and wellness. At the same time, he also enjoyed working with and inspiring the local youth throughout his community through his dedication as a volunteer wrestling coach. Now Dr. Mike is excited to apply his education from Logan University and versatile skill set in aiding the community as they strive for greater health and happiness. Dr. Mike is also certified in Shockwave Therapy. Schedule a visit with Dr. Mike at ProActive Health today!