The sideways curvature of the spine characteristic of scoliosis often develops during childhood growth spurts. Scoliosis is only a problem if the curvature reaches a point where nerves are compressed, which sometimes happens in adulthood due to age-related changes to the spine and supporting discs. Luckily, there are a few non-surgical treatments for scoliosis that may provide relief.
One of the most common non-surgical treatments for scoliosis is over-the-counter (OTC) medication. OTC drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can ease pain triggered by inflammation. If you have stomach issues, acetaminophen may provide similar relief without the added discomfort. Some patients also benefit from the direct delivery of medication into the affected area through epidural steroid injections or facet injections as a non-surgical treatment of scoliosis.
2. Physical Therapy
Physical therapy (PT) counters pain from scoliosis by strengthening muscles that support the spine in some way. The extra support may ease pressure on nerves by helping maintain a better spinal alignment. Some patients see meaningful results with the Schroth Method, a form of PT involving specific exercises based on the curvature of the spine. Other possibilities include:
- Water-based exercises
- Core muscle strengthening exercises
- Massage therapy
If you’re like most people with scoliosis, you’ll likely benefit from a combination of non-surgical treatments of scoliosis. Whether or not spine surgery becomes necessary will depend on the degree of the curvature and how much it affects nearby nerves. Report any new or worsening discomfort to your doctor.
To learn about the minimally invasive spine surgery patients sometimes receive for scoliosis or other spine conditions, get in touch with Dr. Hamid Mir at 949-860-7498, a certified spine surgeon in Orange County, CA. Dr. Mir specializes in a variety of spinal fusion and alternative procedures. Call our office today to schedule an in-person evaluation.