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.
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
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.