Scoliosis Specialist

Dr.  Joe Piché -  - Chiropractor

Piché Family Chiropractic

Dr. Joe Piché

Chiropractor located in Traverse City, MI

When scoliosis is detected early, there are non-surgical treatment options available to reduce the likelihood of long-term complications and improve the patient’s outcome. The best treatment for scoliosis includes a dynamic treatment team that includes both traditional doctors and doctors of chiropractic. If you suspect you or a loved one might have scoliosis or are currently being treated for this condition, contact Piché Family Chiropractic in Traverse City, Michigan, to learn more about how chiropractic care might improve the outcome of your treatment plan.

Scoliosis Q & A

Is scoliosis limited to children and adolescents?

While the onset of scoliosis occurs during childhood or adolescence, sometimes the condition isn’t diagnosed or treated, leading to adult cases of scoliosis. While it’s possible for an adult to develop scoliosis, the vast majority of adult patients with this condition have had it for most of their lives.

If you have adult scoliosis, it’s possible that you were diagnosed as a teen and wore a corrective brace then, were diagnosed and treatment was not recommended, or even that you developed scoliosis as an adult and never had the condition when you were younger.

What are the signs and symptoms of scoliosis?

Children with scoliosis often experience no symptoms at all. The first warning signs of scoliosis in children is often difficulty finding clothes that fit right -- they may hang awkwardly on your child’s frame -- or a visible curvature of the spine noticed while changing or bathing. Because many children with scoliosis report no discomfort, it’s important that your children receive prepubescent/childhood screenings to detect the disorder and intervene early.

Adults, teens, and those with more severe curvature of the spine often experience chronic, nagging lower back pain as well as:

  • Difficult breathing due to twisting of the rib cage and restriction of the chest cavity
  • Abnormal gait (how they walk)
  • Heart problems due to constriction of the chest cavity
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Low self-esteem

What causes scoliosis?

In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is unclear. Research indicates that scoliosis may run in families, and in some cases, may be caused by certain conditions like muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy.

What are the risks of untreated scoliosis?

Untreated scoliosis can eventually cause twisting of the rib cage, which in turn reduces the space within the chest cavity and puts pressure on the heart and lungs. This can cause trouble breathing and even heart complications. Additionally, chronic, severe back pain can result.

How can chiropractors improve outcomes for patients with scoliosis?

Dr. Joe Piché and Dr. Lea Piché can neither correct nor reverse scoliosis, though this is true for any chiropractor. What they can do is improve the mobility of the spine and improve the patient’s form, increasing comfort, promoting healing, and reducing pain and restriction on movement.