Scoliosis in Adults

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Scoliosis in Adults

Tired of living your life with the pain, health and quality of life problems associated with scoliosis in adults?

Chiropractic care may be the solution you’ve been looking for as it’s helped millions of individuals just like yourself get back to their lives.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that affects millions of people each year. Often, it results in an ‘S’ or ‘C’ shape of the spinal column.

This abnormal curve causes abnormal mechanics in the spine and musculature, wearing out joints and discs prematurely – eventually becoming a source of chronic, often severe pain. Additionally, the nervous system is impacted, so that the muscles, tissues and organs controlled by the affected nerves are disrupted in their function.

Translation? Scoliosis causes pain and loss of health.

Other common symptoms of scoliosis in adults include back pain, stiffness or cramping, numbness, pinched nerves, sciatica and fatigue from muscle strain. The higher degree of your curvature, the more pronounced symptoms typically are.

In working adults, sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time may cause symptoms to flare. Being conscious of your stance and posture is important when dealing with scoliosis in adults.

Degrees of Curvature

checking spineScoliosis typically begins during adolescence in a growth spurt, but can also develop in the womb or later in life as spinal muscles weaken. If scoliosis isn’t addressed, it will likely continue to worsen, though it’s hard to predict to what extent.

The severity of scoliosis can range from mild and unnoticeable to severe. In mild cases, the spine curves less than 20 degrees with 10 degrees or less being a normal range. A 25-45 degree curve should be closely monitored and treated, while a curve over 45 degrees is severe.

Many doctors and medical professionals see surgery as the only method of treatment for moderate to severe cases of scoliosis—however, natural treatment methods have proven to be just as effective in many cases.

The best part about choosing a natural treatment? There’s no downtime required.

Natural Treatments for Scoliosis in Adults

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a drug-free, non-surgical natural treatment for scoliosis that’s effective and gentle enough for patients of all ages.

Chiropractic is restores your body’s innate ability to heal itself. Through manual or device-assisted adjustments, a chiropractor gently moves the bones of your spine back into proper position—over time, your spinal bones and muscles grow stronger and adapt to holding the proper position longer.

Because a person with scoliosis lacks proper spinal alignment, a custom care plan developed with a chiropractor near you can help address the curvature degree.

Your chiropractor will most likely also take x-rays or digital scans of your spine to determine the degree of curvature you’re beginning at. Throughout the course of your treatment, they’ll be able to reassess what’s working for you and tweak your care plan accordingly. With additional digital scans throughout your care, you’ll be able to actually see the progress your spine is making.


In addition to chiropractic care, exercise is important to help strengthen the muscles in your back and body. When your muscles are strong and trained to hold the spinal bones correctly, the degree of your curve may increase.

Your chiropractor may recommend specialized exercises unique to your needs as well as stretches or rehabilitation therapy and massage. All of these things can work together to improve scoliosis in adults.

Back Brace

Technically not a treatment, however wearing a back brace can help maintain your curvature so that it doesn’t progress—essentially stalling its progress. Wearing a back brace can be helpful in conjunction to other natural methods like proper stretching and exercise as well as chiropractic care.

Give Chiropractic Care a Try

Whether you’re dealing with a mild, moderate or severe curvature of your spine, see how natural chiropractic care may be able to help you. A chiropractor near you would love to learn more about your case and devise a custom care plan for you.

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