Can a Chiropractor Help With Scoliosis?

Can A Chiropractor Help With Scoliosis

So you may be wondering if a chiropractor in St. Louis like Dr. Alex Vidan can help you with your scoliosis, relieve your symptoms, and help you work toward a healthier back and spine. The answer is “yes!” Read on, and learn more in this blog from Vidan Family Chiropractic

What Is Scoliosis? Explaining The Basics

If you’re looking at someone’s spine from the back, it should form a straight line, running from their neck down to the lower back and upper hips. In scoliosis, the spine doesn't form a straight line. Instead, the upper and lower spine curve away from each other.

Again, looking at someone’s spine from the back, this would create an “S” shape. Depending on the degree of curvature, scoliosis can cause a lot of different health problems. People with scoliosis may have muscle spasms and chronic back pain. In cases where the curvature is very severe, they may even have trouble breathing, since the lungs can’t expand as far as they normally would.

Scoliosis can also affect your appearance. Your clothes may hang unevenly, your hips may be uneven, or one of your shoulder blades may stick out further than the other. In some cases, though, people with scoliosis may look normal, and it may only be diagnosed with an x-ray.

How Chiropractors Can Help Patients With Scoliosis

First, let’s state the obvious. A chiropractor can’t straighten your spine. Only surgical treatment can straighten your spine if you have scoliosis. Most people don’t have scoliosis that’s severe enough to justify the risks and long recovery time of surgery. Most surgeons require a curvature of 50° or more to get surgery, which is pretty rare.

That’s where chiropractors come in. Using non-invasive techniques, chiropractors can help lessen the symptoms and the pain of scoliosis, and help you prevent your scoliosis from getting worse. There’s no need for needles, surgery, or prescription drugs, either.

Chiropractic adjustments may be recommended for scoliosis treatment, which helps realign the vertebrae of the spine and reduces pain and discomfort. Dr. Vidan may also recommend other treatments like flexion distraction, a procedure where your back is gently stretched to help decompress your spine and reduce your pain and other symptoms.

Dr. Vidan also can recommend exercises and physical therapy that you can do on your own to help with your discomfort. Some lifestyle changes may also help with your pain, like making sure you’re sleeping in the right position, maintaining better posture, and working in an ergonomic workspace.

Need Help With Scoliosis Symptoms In St. Louis? Come To Vidan Chiropractic Today!

If you have scoliosis in St. Louis and you need help managing your pain and other symptoms, Dr. Vidan and the team at Vidan Chiropractic are here to help. We’re experts in scoliosis treatment, and can help you live the pain-free, active lifestyle you deserve. Contact us online or give us a call at (314) 210-6556 to get started right away.

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