Everest Medical Group

Multidisciplinary Medical Center located in Mesa, AZ

Scoliosis typically develops during a child’s growth spurt before puberty. While the experts have determined that bad posture, heavy backpacks, and injuries don’t cause scoliosis, they can’t pinpoint what does cause the condition. Dr. Ty Ruddell and Dr. David Vicena, at Everest Medical Group, have years of experience working with children and adults who have scoliosis. To learn more about how chiropractic care can alleviate spinal curvature and pain, call their office in Mesa, Arizona, or book an appointment online.

Scoliosis Q & A

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis occurs when you develop a sideways curvature of your spine. When viewed from behind, a healthy spine follows a straight line. With scoliosis, it forms an S-shaped or C-shaped curve. In severe cases of scoliosis, the spine may also rotate or twist.

What symptoms are caused by scoliosis?

Parents may have a hard time noticing a mild case of scoliosis. You may see that your child’s shoulders or waistline appear uneven or one side of the hip may be higher than the other.

About 10% of those who have scoliosis develop a curvature severe enough to cause symptoms such as:

  • Pain: severe curvature may cause muscle spasms or spinal degeneration
  • Gait changes: the way a person walks is adjusted to maintain balance in uneven hips
  • Reduced range of motion: the spine is rigid and difficult to bend normally
  • Trouble breathing: a severely-rotated spine reduces space around the lungs
  • Heart problems: a severely-rotated spine may also affect the heart’s ability to function

When is intervention beneficial?

Pediatric care is essential because treatment is most successful while your child’s bones are still growing. When intervention occurs before bones have matured, chiropractic care may correct or stabilize the curve.

Adults with scoliosis also benefit from chiropractic rehabilitation. Their curvature may improve, and progressive spine degeneration caused by the curvature is preventable.

Many doctors recommend a brace, but that doesn’t reverse the existing curvature, it only stops the curve from worsening. An examination by the doctors at Everest Medical Group provides the information you need about the health of your child’s spine as well as therapies to alleviate scoliosis.

How does chiropractic care treat scoliosis?

Chiropractic rehabilitation can correct or stabilize spinal curvatures, reduce pain, and improve mobility. A chiropractic treatment plan may include:

Posture training

Posture training is an integral part of the treatment for young patients whose bones are still growing. The way they sit and stand has an impact on the development of scoliosis (either good or bad depending on their posture). Posture training also helps improve scoliosis symptoms in many adults.

Scoliosis-specific chiropractic care

Chiropractic techniques for scoliosis are precise and gentle, with a goal of gradually correcting the spine.

Chiropractic rehabilitation

Chiropractic options that are specifically designed for scoliosis include spinal molding, rotary torso exercise, and using an external weighting system.