Safe and Effective Scoliosis Treatment in Spokane, WA
At Back in Motion Chiropractor in Spokane, Washington, we specialize in effective and non-invasive treatment of scoliosis with the ScoliBrace, the most advanced bracing technology in the world.
The spine is the lifeline of the body, supporting and connecting the different parts of your musculoskeletal system and allowing you to stand and move. Issues with your spine, such as scoliosis, have an immense affect on your quality of life, causing pervasive issues such as back pain and loss of motion.
What is scoliosis?
Your spine is made up of a series of small, stacked bones called vertebrae, and has a natural curve to it. However, an abnormal, sideways curve to the spine is called scoliosis. When you have scoliosis, your spine might form a “C” or “S” shape. This abnormality of the spine can cause back pain and other health problems. Scoliosis affects an estimated 6 to 9 million people in the United States.
Scoliosis most often occurs in children during the growth spurt between the ages of 8 and 15, and often has no known cause, though this condition tends to run in families. Scoliosis can also affect adults, either due to childhood scoliosis not being treated, and the curvature growing, or due to wear and damage on the disks and joins of the spine. While many cases of scoliosis are mild and may not need treatment, it is important to notice the symptoms early, as scoliosis can get worse over time. If you have children, make sure that they are checked by a doctor for scoliosis so that any issues can be monitored and corrected, especially if another family member is known to have scoliosis.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
Each person’s symptoms of scoliosis varies, ranging from no symptoms to mild to severe.
Visible symptoms include:
- A visible “S” or “C” shape curve in your back
- Shoulders, waist, or hips are two different heights or look uneven
- Head is not centered with the rest of your body
- Asymmetry between rib cage heights or ribs sticking out farther on one side of the body
- Arms don’t hang down straight next to your body
- One shoulder blade sticks out or looks bigger
Scoliosis may also cause issues such as:
- Back pain and stiffness
- Pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs due to pinched nerves
- Fatigue due to muscle strain
- Trouble standing up straight
- Bowel or bladder dysfunction in more severe cases
- Loss of height (in adults)
- Bump in the lower back (in adults)
- Trouble walking (in adults)
- Shortness of breath (in adults)
- Bone spurs—hard bumps of extra bone that forms in the joints (in adults)
It is important to detect and treat scoliosis early on, before the curvature of the spine gets worse and becomes harder to reverse. If treatment is needed, possible methods include traditional bracing, treatment with the ScoliBrace, and in the worst cases, spinal fusion surgery. At Back in Motion Chiropractic, we offer the revolutionary, effective, and safe ScoliBrace approach to scoliosis treatment, to improve the abnormal curvature and posture. The ScoliBrace is much more effective and less invasive than other treatment methods, like traditional braces and scoliosis surgery.
Traditional spinal braces, currently the most common treatment method, are rigid and non-adjustable. While they do help stop the spinal curvature from getting worse, they don’t actually correct and straighten the spine. They can only slow or stop the progression of the curve. Traditional braces can also be difficult and cumbersome to put on, as they often close in the back.
Another possible treatment is spinal fusion surgery. In this operation, a surgeon uses screws, rods, or bone grafts to move the spine back into a more normal alignment and fuse the bones together. While this treatment can be effective, surgery puts a large burden on your body, and recovering for surgery could take 6 months to a year for your back to fully heal. You will have to stick with physical therapy after leaving the hospital, and motion and physical ability will be severely limited for at least 6 months after the surgery.
The spinal fusion surgery is often extremely invasive, and, like any surgery, comes with risks including bleeding, blood clots, infection, pain, and risks from anesthesia. Other more serious problems that could result from surgery include nerve injury and numbness in a leg and donor bone graft complications, such as tissue rejection or infection. In some cases, the spinal bone fusions don’t work, the treatment is not successful, and your back pain may return.
At Back in Motion Chiropractic, we promote non-invasive, holistic treatment methods that don’t lead to more adverse side effects.
The ScoliBrace is a corrective approach that helps to actually straighten the spine, instead of just slowing the curvature like other scoliosis braces. 3D imaging technology is used to create an innovative brace that fits your body and unique condition. The brace positions the spine and body in a mirror image, over-corrected position that reduces the spine curvature, back pain, shoulder unleveling, and overall posture over time.
The ScoliBrace is also patient friendly. Unlike traditional back braces, the ScoliBrace opens in the front, making it easier to take on and off without assistance. It has a very low profile and can be worn under clothing. It allows freedom of movement and does not cause muscle wasting like other braces. You can also choose from various colors and patterns to fit your liking.
The ScoliBrace is an effective treatment for scoliosis that is backed by clinical results. It realigns the spine, improves posture and reduces back pain. For effective scoliosis management, please get in touch with us at (509) 443-3535 or through our form.