Here at Spinal Health Chiropractic Center, we work closely with qualified specialists and other healthcare practitioners to ensure that all of your medical needs are met. Rest assured if a referral to a specialist for consultation or treatment is needed along with diagnostic testing to include MRI our team will facilitate the referral process.
With how busy and hectic one’s life can get, it can become difficult for people to treat back pain issues with more than just painkillers. However, a condition such as scoliosis needs professional treatment. Scoliosis is a bend or curve to the right or left in the spine that becomes increasingly worse over time. The muscles are weaker on one side of the spine in the shoulder and cause the bend. In children, scoliosis can start out mild and eventually develop into much more severe spinal deformities. As with many chiropractic issues, the sooner we catch the issue, the greater chance that we can treat the issue and help prevent it from returning.
Catching the signs early on
Parents can help identify the signs and symptoms of scoliosis early on by keeping an eye on their child’s health. We may refer the patient or child for diagnostic testing, specialist consultation, or treatments to trusted medical professionals if necessary. Symptoms of scoliosis include:
- Uneven shoulders
- One shoulder blade begins to appear more prominent than the other
- Uneven waist
- One hip is higher than the other
If a child displays these signs, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. It is much better for one of our professional team members to examine the child and determine the severity of scoliosis. In some cases, treatment may not be necessary. The causes of scoliosis are not completely understood. However, there are a few contributing factors that may play a part in causing scoliosis to form in children.
In some cases hereditary factors passed down through generations of family can be a cause of scoliosis, while injuries to the spine can also be a contributing cause of scoliosis. Since children are constantly growing, there is a chance that with minimal treatment, the child’s spine will naturally correct itself with time.
Recommended treatment options
Treatment will vary on the age of the child and the severity of scoliosis. If the child is still growing, then a brace may be the best option. In many cases though, the brace will not treat scoliosis but will only prevent it from advancing further. The child will be able to wear the brace underneath clothes, wearing the brace during the day and during the night.
While a brace is useful in certain cases, we will most likely recommend chiropractic manipulation as the scoliosis treatment. Our treatment involves a gentle but effective approach that can prevent, slow and stop the progression of scoliosis. The treatment process will involve the patient lying down on a table while one of our professionals performs specific spinal adjustments to assist in the restoration process.
Upon scheduling an appointment, we will review the patient’s medical history, current health condition and any other issues the patient is struggling with in relation to the scoliosis. We may use diagnostic testing including X-ray and MRI to get a clear picture of the damage if necessary.
Once we have a clear understanding of the scoliosis and the necessary treatment, we will go over all details with the patient and the patient’s guardian (if the patient is a child). We can answer any questions and address all concerns the parent may have as well. The main goal of our chiropractic scoliosis treatment is to help adjust the spine which will help reverse the body’s compensations to benefit the restoration process.
We can help patients grow up with a healthy and correct spine, preventing any deformities that will develop from untreated scoliosis. We will go over the amount of treatment sessions that the patient needs and alter the treatment in any way if necessary. While surgery is an option for severe cases, we do not recommend it unless absolutely necessary. Surgery has health risks to the patient and can end up aggravating the condition in the long run.
Thus, we recommend beginning our chiropractic treatment first after an examination to determine the most effective treatment option. Below are some common questions that people ask about scoliosis treatment.
How long will scoliosis treatment take?
A scoliosis treatment session and the number of sessions that the patient needs will vary entirely on the severity of scoliosis and the patient’s condition. With each patient, we may need to make individual spinal adjustments to different areas than another patient.
What is the cost of scoliosis treatment?
The cost of treatment will be unique to the individual care plan. The insurance coverage of a patient will be a determining factor in how much the patient’s family has to pay. The patient can contact the insurance company to see if they will cover the scoliosis treatment or ask us which insurance companies we accept.
Is chiropractic manipulation going the be effective?
In most cases, yes, chiropractic manipulation is a safe and effective way to administer scoliosis treatment. The effectiveness of the treatment will depend entirely on the patient’s overall condition and if the chiropractic manipulation is what the patient needs. During the treatment process, we will adjust the treatment as necessary.
What will happen in a typical treatment session?
Upon arrival, we will have the patient lie down on a comfortable table as we make specific adjustments to the spine by applying pressure at certain points. We may incorporate other techniques and factors into the procedure if necessary.
Will the treatment hurt?
While the patient may feel some pain during adjustments and treatments, over time, the patient will find the actual pain diminishes. This treatment also allows the child to avoid needing a brace, which is cumbersome and will only prevent further issues with the spine instead of treating the scoliosis.