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Managing Your Pain Related to Scoliosis


If you’ve been diagnosed with scoliosis, it’s important to understand the potential symptoms you may experience and the various treatment options available to manage your pain.

Scoliosis is a condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine, and its impact on your ability to cope with pain can vary depending on factors such as the severity of the curve, overall mental health, and access to holistic care.

When it comes to managing scoliosis pain, it is generally recommended to start with more conservative approaches before considering invasive options. This allows you to explore holistic treatments that can provide relief without the potential side effects associated with invasive procedures. In this article, we will discuss the different treatment options available to help you make an informed decision.

Understanding the Causes of Scoliosis Pain

To effectively manage scoliosis pain, it’s crucial to understand the underlying causes and how they affect your ability to cope with pain.

Pain and its Purpose

Pain is typically caused by an external stimulus, such as an injury or excessive pressure, which activates sensory receptors called nociceptors. These receptors send signals to the spinal cord and brain, alerting them to the presence of pain and the need for action. This type of pain is essential for protecting injured areas and avoiding dangerous situations.

The Problem with Pain

While pain serves a crucial purpose, it can also be generated by internal imbalances within the body. This type of pain is harder to pinpoint as there is no external stimulus to identify. It often affects local nerves and sensitive internal tissues, leading to seemingly vague symptoms. Holistic care that focuses on restoring overall balance, particularly in the spine, is the best approach for addressing this type of pain.

Scoliosis and Pain

Scoliosis can cause both direct activation of the pain system and underlying symptoms due to misalignments in the spine. Common issues associated with scoliosis pain include misalignment of the hips, pelvis, shoulder blades, lower back, neck, and mid-back/upper back. Poor posture, muscle imbalances, and poor movement biomechanics can also contribute to pain. These issues can lead to tissue damage, chronic pain, inflammation, joint strain, nerve compression, muscle tension, and more.


When to Seek Care for Scoliosis Pain

If you’re experiencing pain from scoliosis, it’s important to seek appropriate care to find relief and prevent further complications. Here are some indicators that it’s time to seek professional help:

1. Preventative care: It’s always better to address scoliosis care preventatively, focusing on spine health and lifestyle management to prevent curvature progression.

2. Lack of improvement with home treatment: If home remedies such as rest, stretching, or pain modalities haven’t improved your pain symptoms after a week or two, it’s time to seek professional care to prevent unnecessary long-term suffering.

3. Chronic pain: If your pain has persisted for more than six weeks, it is considered chronic. Chronic pain requires specialized medical care to address changes in neural health and sensitivity.

4. Negative effects on mood and quality of life: If your pain is hindering your ability to participate in daily activities or negatively impacting your mood and mental health, it’s crucial to seek help.

5. Neurological symptoms: Pay close attention to any neurological symptoms that may arise, such as shooting pain, muscle weakness, changes in bowel or bladder control, tingling, or numbness. These symptoms indicate increased strain on the nervous system and should be addressed promptly.

Treatment Options for Scoliosis Pain

Fortunately, there are several effective treatment options for managing scoliosis pain. Here are some options to consider:

1. Chiropractic care: Chiropractors specialize in spine health and can provide high-quality treatment to promote optimal spine alignment. Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) is a research-based technique that focuses on scoliosis correction.

2. Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis Specific Exercise (PSSE): PSSE involves specialized exercises designed to address the three-dimensional aspects of scoliotic deformity. ScoliBalance® and The Schroth Method are well-studied and trusted methods of PSSE.

3. Physical therapy: Physical therapists can help optimize biomechanics and provide treatment recommendations through manual therapy and exercise.

4. Bracing: The use of a brace can support the spine and minimize curvature progression. Dynamic bracing can encourage better movement mechanics and reduce spine curvature.

5. Regular exercise: Scoliosis-friendly exercises such as low-impact exercises, core strengthening, yoga, pilates, swimming, and stretching can help alleviate pain and improve spine health.

6. Acupuncture or massage therapy: These therapies can provide short-term relief and promote better muscle balance and pain coping mechanisms.

7. Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed medications can provide temporary relief from pain, inflammation, muscle spasms, and nerve pain. However, they do not address the underlying issues and may have


Dr. Thomas D’Andrea

Certified ScoliBrace Provider
Certified ScoliBalance Provider

(732) 345-1377


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