Queens NY Chiropractor Dr. James Lee Provides Scoliosis Pain Management
Degenerative scoliosis affects adults when osteoporosis and deterioration of the spine combined with aging causes the spine to curve abnormally. A spine weakened by one or more of these factors may begin to sag, promoting development of a scoliotic curve. A diagnosis of adult scoliosis may also be attributed to undetected or untreated childhood scoliosis that worsens as a person ages and suffers spine degeneration.
Your Queens chiropractor Dr. Lee offers a variety of chiropractic treatments to relieve back pain caused by scoliosis, such as adjustments, electric muscle stimulation therapy, exercise and massage therapy. Children with certain degrees of scoliosis curves may derive the greatest benefit from being fitted for a corrective brace.
FAQs about Scoliosis
What are symptoms of adult scoliosis?
Low back pain may be an initial sign of degenerative adult scoliosis, sometimes accompanied by a slight deformity of the spine. However, pain occurs due to deteriorating bones in the spine, not from the curve in the spine. Additional signs of adult scoliosis include numbness and weakness in the legs when compression by scoliosis deformity and spinal degeneration compresses nerves.
How is Scoliosis Diagnosed?
After a complete physical examination that includes checking your back muscles while you bend forward and determining if one of your rib cages are higher than the other rib cage, our chiropractor will order x-rays of your spine to help confirm a scoliosis diagnosis.
Will I need surgery if I have scoliosis?
If Queens NY chiropractor Dr. Lee finds your scoliosis curve is more than 45°, he may recommend spinal fusion surgery to help straighten the curve and prevent health issues developing from severe scoliosis.
How will a chiropractic adjustment relieve low back pain caused by scoliosis?
Although a spinal adjustment and manipulation cannot straighten a scoliosis curve, it will loosen vertebrae and help stretch tight back muscles to alleviate back pain. Chiropractic massage therapy is also effective at easing lower back pain due to scoliosis and degenerative spine disease.
What will electrical stimulation do for scoliosis pain?
Dr. Lee may suggest stimulating muscles on just one side of your spine for contracting and gently pulling vertebrae into more normal locations on the spine. When given to children with scoliosis, electrical stimulation may help slow down the progression of the disease.
What is the difference between congenital scoliosis and neuromuscular scoliosis?
Congenital scoliosis means the spine began developing scoliosis before birth. Vertebrae may not have separated properly or some vertebrae failed to form completely. Neuromuscular scoliosis develops when a medical condition affects muscles and nerves leading to scoliosis. Spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy are the most common conditions promoting neuromuscular scoliosis.
If you would like to learn more about chiropractic treatments for scoliosis pain relief or suspect you may have degenerative adult scoliosis, please call Dr. Lee's Spine Center in Queens NY at (347) 960-7774.