Enhanced Medical Centers -  - Chiropractic

Enhanced Medical Centers

Chiropractic & Primary Care Practice located in Tempe, AZ

The majority of people with scoliosis have idiopathic scoliosis, meaning there’s no known cause. This abnormal curvature of the spine can lead to back pain, which is why Quentin Smith, DC, and Candace Gaitanis, APRN, CFNP, CFMP, along with their experienced chiropractic team at Enhanced Medical Centers in Tempe, Arizona, offer effective treatments to realign your spine and help you manage scoliosis-related back pain. They take a holistic, nonsurgical approach to diagnosing and treating scoliosis in adult patients. For caring, personalized scoliosis treatment based on your individual needs, call the office to schedule a consultation or book online today.

Scoliosis Q & A

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of your spine. It often develops during adolescence, but you can get scoliosis as a child or as an adult. It’s also possible to to have scoliosis at birth as a result of a congenital defect.

Scoliosis makes your spine develop into a “C” or “S” curve. This often leads to pain and discomfort anywhere along your spine from your neck to your lower back.

What causes scoliosis?

For more than 80% of people with scoliosis, it’s idiopathic, meaning there’s no known cause; it develops as a result of certain risk factors like heredity. Also, girls develop scoliosis more often than do boys.

You can also develop functional scoliosis as a result of a problem in your musculoskeletal system. For example, a structural problem that causes one leg to be shorter than the other could also interfere with proper spinal development and lead to scoliosis.

Neuromuscular scoliosis is another type of abnormal spinal curvature that forms during fetal development. This type of scoliosis is common in people with muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy.

Older adults sometimes develop degenerative scoliosis as a result of spinal arthritis (spondylosis). Other causes of degenerative scoliosis include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Osteoporosis

Weakening soft tissue and ligaments that no longer provide adequate support to your spine as you get older can also lead to degenerative scoliosis.

How does a chiropractor treat scoliosis?

Despite what you might think, if you have scoliosis, you probably won’t need surgery or any other type of invasive procedure to correct it. Treatment depends on the severity of your spinal curvature and focuses on relieving symptoms and preventing the curve from worsening over time or degenerating further as you age.

Once the chiropractic team at Enhanced Medical Centers diagnoses the type of scoliosis you have, they create a treatment plan to reduce painful symptoms and increase your strength. They could recommend physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, and a series of chiropractic adjustments to help prevent your scoliosis from getting worse. Bracing for extra support can also help ease uneven joint pressure in your spine, and ice and heat therapies can reduce inflammation if you have stiff, tight muscles.

To learn more about managing scoliosis, or to discover if you or a family member has it, call the office to schedule a consultation. You can also book an appointment online.