Between the pain and mobility issues, a scoliosis diagnosis can feel like a life-changer. But with the right care and treatment, you can continue with your regular activities without issue. Dr. Jake Schmitz, DC, at Freedom Chiropractic Health Center has a history of successfully treating patients with scoliosis. Through the use of traditional chiropractic services and scoliosis-specific treatment modalities, he helps to reduce pain, straighten spines, and restore mobility. Contact his office in Fargo, North Dakota, or schedule your consultation online today.
Scoliosis occurs when there’s an abnormal curvature of the spine. In a healthy spine, there are naturally three curves which result in a “S” formation. With scoliosis, there’s a side-to-side curve of more than 10 degrees, resulting in a “C” shape. Even if not visible from the front or back, this type of spinal curvature results in uneven shoulders, hips, or waist.
For those with moderate scoliosis, which consists of 20-40 degree curvatures, chiropractic care may be recommended to increase mobility and function, and decrease the risk of further degeneration.
Although scoliosis isn’t curable, Dr. Jake can treat the symptoms to help improve the form and function of the spine. He may be able to decrease pain, improve posture, and prevent further degeneration by using certain adjustments.
Depending on the specifics of your case, Dr. Jake may recommend traditional chiropractic care or a more detailed scoliosis-specific approach. He completes these gentle adjustments with a precision mechanical instrument to ensure the protection of the spine.
For most patients, Dr. Jake also recommends at-home exercises to help with rehabilitation. These exercises strengthen and stabilize, as well as increase flexibility and range of motion.
During your first visit with Dr. Jake, he assesses your condition and determines your course of treatment by creating a personalized treatment plan.
He tests your spinal rigidity and observes the amount of pressure placed on your muscles, discs, and nerves. He also tests your sensorimotor integration (SMI) to see how well your brain and body communicate.
Dr. Jake may also conduct imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs, which gives him a clear picture of your spine and its curvature. If you think you may have scoliosis and are looking for a chiropractor that can help restore mobility and function to your spine, schedule your appointment directly online with Dr. Jake, and you’ll be one step closer to finding relief.