Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a spinal abnormality that presents as an irregular curvature along the spine. The condition may cause back pain, which can be alleviated with chiropractic care at The Spine Clinic in Salem. Our licensed chiropractor, Ryan Schirmer, uses natural adjustment techniques to treat patients experiencing scoliosis pain. Clients in Salem and surrounding cities may appreciate the benefits of our non-invasive, drug-free techniques, and therapies over painkillers or surgical procedures.

Scoliosis

What is Scoliosis and What Causes It?

The scoliosis curvature could be a side-ways S-shaped or C-shaped curve. Most cases of scoliosis are idiopathic, meaning the cause is generally unknown. This spinal misalignment is typically seen in the thoracic (upper back) or lumbar (lower back) spine. A misaligned spine puts pressure on or compresses nerves, intervertebral discs, and musculoskeletal structures, such as the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Common Causes of Scoliosis Pain

Scoliosis pain may affect adults and children and may worsen depending on the severity of the curve and vertebral structures affected. Left untreated, the spine may place pressure on the rib cage and lungs causing health complications. Common reasons for scoliosis pain are:

  • Pinched or compressed nerves

  • Sacroiliac joints inflammation

  • Bulging or herniated discs

  • Dislocated spinal joints

  • Pressure on joints, tendons, or ligaments

  • Disc degeneration linked to aging or wear and tear

Scoliosis Pain Symptoms

Symptoms can depend on the severity of the individual’s scoliosis, however, the following symptoms can be related to scoliosis:

  • Upper or lower back pain

  • Chest pain

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Painful muscle spasms

  • Reduced range of motion

  • Burning or shocking sensation

  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness

  • Pain shifts to the hips, buttocks, or legs

Diagnosing Scoliosis Pain

Dr. Schirmer diagnoses scoliosis pain by taking into account your medical and family history, symptoms, and location of the pain. A physical examination is also done in addition to an X-ray of the spine which may reveal spinal irregularities.

Scoliosis Pain Treatment by Our Chiropractor

A chiropractic adjustment is a safe and effective alternative way to treat scoliosis-related pain and prevent further spinal degeneration. It helps relieve pain and correct dysfunctions of the spine, such as herniated or bulging discs and nerve compression. Spinal manipulation uses gentle thrusts that help adjust and realign the spine. It relieves pressure on the vertebrae and nerves to eliminate pain and improve your range of motion. Other chiropractic techniques and therapies that help improve pain and overall spine functions are physiotherapies, exercises, and therapeutic massages.

Call to Schedule a Chiropractic Care Consultation in Salem, OR

At The Spine Clinic, Dr. Schirmer has helped scoliosis individuals with chiropractic care and he will set up an individualized wellness plan to ensure you get the best possible care and lasting pain relief. Just give us a call at (503) 362-5555 to book your initial consultation.