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Scoliosis and Back Pain

Though many forms of back pain are caused by aging, natural wear and tear or injury, there are some forms of back pain that come along with the symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions, cerebral palsy or other conditions such as scoliosis. While doctors have been able to find cures or make inroads to solving the puzzle of many diseases, when it comes to scoliosis, the medical profession are still unsure as to the exact cause.

Scoliosis is when the spine develops a sideways curvature. This commonly happens during the growth spurt a child experiences just prior to puberty. Though many people with scoliosis only experience mild symptoms, some find that the curvature of their spine becomes more severe as they continue to grow. Not only can this bring about internal difficulties such as pressure on the lungs, making it difficult to breathe, but it can also cause acute and chronic back pain.

For most with severe scoliosis, the suggested treatment will be a brace of some kind. These can come in the form of an underarm, or low-profile brace for less severe cases, all the way to a full brace, which is often referred to as a “Milwaukee brace.” This is for the entire spine and features a chin rest to help straighten and repair the spine. While these types of treatment are common, it is also important to engage in other holistic approaches for an overall sense of well-being. For example, the Integrated Spine & Sports clinic can offer back manipulation, physiotherapy, and other alternative types of therapy to help strengthen a patient’s self-confidence and pain management. By working with both the patient and their medical team, an overall approach can be achieved for best results.

Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/scoliosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350716

Our approach to treating back pain

By visiting a back pain specialist clinic such as Integrated Spine & Sports, the professionals there can help individually tailor a program to help both manage your symptoms and work on your recovery.

We offer non-surgical options for the treatment of injuries and medical conditions affecting the back, with an integrative approach that may include:

Back Pain Specialists

Our back pain specialists in Manhattan create custom treatments designed to meet the needs of people suffering from acute pain due to injury, as well as those experiencing chronic conditions affecting the muscles, discs, soft tissue and nerves within the back, cervical spine, and neck.

Our integrative team, consisting of a board-certified physiatrist, chiropractors, and physical therapists, offers comprehensive treatment for acute and chronic back pain treatment in NYC.

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Back Pain FAQs

Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) cause back pain?2022-09-22T13:58:32+00:00

Some of the common symptoms of COVID-19 are “aches and pains”. Some patients do experience back pain, especially in the lower back. In some cases, the pain is subtle but constant. In others, it is an intense, pulsating pain, which can radiate down to the legs. If the back pain persists, consult your doctor.

How should I sleep with back pain?2022-09-22T13:58:38+00:00

Generally, the best position to sleep is on your back. Sleeping on one’s back ensures that the spine is in a neutral position, which can help with back pain. You can also put a pillow under your knees, legs, and/or lower back to support the natural curve of the spine. This can minimize lumbar pressure and relieve back pain.

What can I do to relieve my back pain?2022-09-22T13:58:54+00:00

If doing gentle back stretches doesn’t do the trick, then try strengthening your core so your spine isn’t struggling to stay upright. Heat therapy and cold therapy can also work well for pain relief. If your back pain is a result of poor posture or a bad workstation setup, make the necessary changes to avoid back pain in the future.

How do I know if my back pain is serious?2022-09-22T13:59:00+00:00

Your back pain is likely serious if it occurs with any of the following symptoms: numbness in lower body, loss of bladder/bowel control, fever, unexplained weight loss, swelling. In such cases, please consult a physiatrist immediately.

How long does back pain last?2022-09-22T13:59:06+00:00

Short-term (or acute) back pain lasts a few days to a few weeks. This is often the case with back pain, and patients usually recover without medical treatment. Sometimes, it lasts for 12 weeks or longer. This is called chronic back pain, and it can take a while to go away. Medical treatment often helps relieve chronic backpain, so we recommend consulting a physiatrist.

Does acupuncture cure lower back pain?2022-09-22T13:59:18+00:00

Acupuncture provides short-term relief for chronic back pain. Back pain is actually the number 1 reported reason people seek acupuncture. By stimulating the various acupuncture points associated with back pain, parts of the nervous system are also stimulated, which can help provide pain relief.

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We provide our patients with an integrated and holistic team approach to getting better.

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