Pain Relief Center Studio City
Chiropractor located in Studio City, CA
Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that affects up to 3% of people in the United States. Though scoliosis itself doesn’t cause pain, it’s not uncommon for adults with scoliosis to develop back pain due to the degenerative changes that occur in the spine with age. At Pain Relief Center Studio City located in Los Angeles, California, experienced chiropractor Ron Marinaro, DC, specializes in the management of scoliosis in adults. He prescribes the best treatment protocols to relieve discomfort and minimize the progression of the deformity. To schedule a scoliosis evaluation, call the office or book online today.
Scoliosis Q & A
What is scoliosis?
A normal spine has a natural curve that positions your head over your pelvis to evenly distribute body weight and stress. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature in the spine.
With scoliosis, the spine rotates and curves sideways, creating a C-shaped or S-shaped curve. In most cases, scoliosis is diagnosed in children or teens during their growth spurt, and treatment focuses on preventing progression of the deformity before complete skeletal growth is achieved.
However, scoliosis may develop in adults. Or, the spinal deformity may require intervention later in life due to the structural changes that occur in your spine as you get older.
Dr. Marinaro has been helping adults with scoliosis and back pain for 30 years. He prescribes the best treatment protocols to relieve discomfort and minimize the progression of the curvature.
What is adult scoliosis?
When scoliosis occurs or is diagnosed after puberty, it’s called adult scoliosis. This type of scoliosis is differentiated from childhood scoliosis because the underlying cause and treatments differ.
Adults with scoliosis may require ongoing care if they:
- Have a history of surgical correction of their scoliosis during adolescence
- Didn’t get proper care for their scoliosis during childhood or went undiagnosed
- Develop scoliosis as an adult due to spinal degeneration
About 40% of adults with scoliosis experience a progression of their curvature.
What can I expect during a scoliosis consultation?
Dr. Marinaro specializes in the treatment of scoliosis in adults, and you can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see him at Pain Relief Center Studio City.
During your consultation, he reviews your symptoms and medical history and closely examines your spine. To determine the severity of your curvature and the best treatment, Dr. Marinaro may also request diagnostic imaging such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans.
How is scoliosis treated?
Dr. Marinaro develops individualized treatment plans for scoliosis using the best protocols for adults. He spends time talking to you about his treatment recommendations so you know what to expect and how the therapies benefit your back and health.
Your scoliosis treatment plan may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments to minimize progression of the curvature
- Therapeutic exercise program to strengthen your muscles for better back support
- Activity modification to minimize pain
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medication
Dr. Marinaro may also suggest pulsed electromagnetic therapy to reduce inflammation, pain, and anxiety. The noninvasive therapy stimulates your body’s natural healing powers at the cellular level to improve spine health and minimize discomfort.
Adult scoliosis may progress over time and lead to back pain. For expert care of your scoliosis from an experienced chiropractor, call Pain Relief Center Studio City or book an appointment online today.