The characteristic spinal curve and rotation that occurs with scoliosis can cause postural deformities and pain. If you live in the Cleveland area, come visit the multidisciplinary team of physical therapists, chiropractors, and doctors at Allied Integrative Health & Wellness for management of your scoliosis symptoms. To receive care and treatments that reduce the inflammation and discomfort associated with scoliosis, call the office for an appointment or use the online booking agent.
What causes scoliosis?
In many cases, there’s no known cause of scoliosis, although it likely has a genetic component. You cannot cause scoliosis by carrying a heavy backpack or with poor posture habits.
What are the symptoms of scoliosis?
From the back, a scoliosis curve often looks like a C or an S, as the backbone curves to the side. A minor curve of 10 degrees, measured through an X-ray, indicates scoliosis, but is unlikely to cause any major symptoms. As the curve progresses to 20 degrees or beyond, however, you may develop a bit of a slant or unevenness to your walk or stance. You, or other observers, may notice that your head is slightly off center, or one hip seems higher than the other.
Scoliosis doesn’t always cause pain, but you may experience referred pain in your back, ribs, or neck. Muscle spasms due to your tilted body position can also occur. If you have scoliosis, it’s common to experience other spinal issues due to dysfunction caused by the abnormal curves in the spine.
How is scoliosis diagnosed?
Dr. Robert Whetstone can do a spinal analysis to determine if you have scoliosis and the degree of the curve. He often uses an X-ray, a thorough clinical exam, and review of any symptoms to confirm scoliosis.
With treatment, Dr. Whetstone may help prevent further degeneration and curvature of the spine.
How is scoliosis treated?
Scoliosis is not curable, but symptoms can be managed with ongoing care. Treatment depends on the degree of your spine’s curve and the likelihood of it getting worse.
At Allied Integrative Health & Wellness, the team helps you with chiropractic adjustments to clear up tight muscles and problems in the nervous system that leads to referred pain. Chiropractic adjustments improve form and function so you experience improved mobility in your joints. This results in decreased pain, increased comfort, and improved posture.
The physical therapists teach you exercises to improve function and ease the pain. Nutritional guidance, stretches, and lifestyle recommendations help you optimize your quality of life when living with scoliosis. Massage can increase circulation and relax muscles to ease any pain associated with scoliosis, too.