Scoliosis Specialist

Indian Harbor Chiropractic

Diana Gailes, DC

Chiropractor located in Cos Cob, CT

If you have back or neck pain or an apparent spinal abnormality, it could be because of scoliosis. At Indian Harbor Chiropractic in Cos Cob, Connecticut, experienced chiropractor Diana Gailes, DC, offers a variety of treatments for scoliosis that diminish discomfort and give you a better quality of life. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Scoliosis Q&A

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a medical condition that causes your spine to curve. The curve could be mild, moderate, or severe and may worsen in children as they grow. Scoliosis can cause pain and other debilitating symptoms when left untreated.

What are the symptoms of scoliosis?

Common signs and symptoms of scoliosis include:

  • Curved or twisted spine
  • One prominent shoulder blade
  • Uneven shoulders
  • An uneven waist
  • One hip that’s higher than the other
  • A prominent side of your back or rib cage
  • Back pain, especially with movement

Complications that can occur with untreated scoliosis include breathing problems, back issues, and a visibly curved spine or stooped posture. 

What are the risk factors for scoliosis?

While the cause of scoliosis isn’t always clear, risk factors include:

  • Congenital issues
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy 
  • Other neuromuscular conditions
  • Spinal cord abnormalities
  • Spine injuries or infections
  • Previous chest wall surgery
  • Female gender
  • Family history of scoliosis

Symptoms of scoliosis often appear during adolescence. If you have scoliosis that’s painful or debilitating, see Dr. Gailes for an evaluation.

How does my doctor diagnose scoliosis?

To find out if you have scoliosis and develop a treatment plan if needed, Dr. Gailes discusses your symptoms and medical history. She completes a physical exam to evaluate your spine and get a better picture of its structure. Dr. Gailes could recommend undergoing X-rays or other imaging procedures. 

What are common scoliosis treatments?

Dr. Gailes may recommend one or more of the following scoliosis treatments for you:

Home remedies

Things you can do at home to diminish scoliosis pain include performing exercises or stretches as directed by your primary care physician, using ice or heat packs, and avoiding heavy lifting or other activities that could injure your back.

Back braces

Dr. Gailes might recommend you wear a back brace to correct scoliosis, reduce the risk of disease progression, diminish scoliosis pain, and lower your risk of injuries.

Neuromuscular therapy

Dr. Gailes offers neuromuscular therapy to reduce tension and pain caused by scoliosis or other back problems. 

Chiropractic adjustments

Chiropractic manipulation can better align your spine, reduce debilitating scoliosis symptoms, and lower your risk of complications. 

Specialist referrals

If you need back surgery, Dr. Gailes refers you to a specialist who can surgically straighten your spine.

To learn more about holistic scoliosis treatments available at Indian Harbor Chiropractic, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.