Symptoms of Scoliosis

The Many Symptoms of Scoliosis: Beyond Back Pain and Spinal Curves

Scoliosis affects millions of people worldwide and is characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. Many people assume that scoliosis only causes back pain and a visible spinal curve, but the truth is that scoliosis can cause a wide range of symptoms that affect the entire body. In this post, we will explore the various symptoms of scoliosis and how we treat it with Chiropractic BioPhysics® and ScoliBrace at The Scoliosis Center of Utah with Dr. Katalina Dean.


Firstly, let’s discuss headaches. Many people with scoliosis report experiencing chronic migraines, and studies have shown that there is indeed a significant correlation between the two conditions. Research has linked the reduction of cervical and thoracic curves in the spine to increased headache frequency in scoliosis patients. Through specialized care, such as Chiropractic BioPhysics® and other modalities, we can often provide significant relief to those suffering from these migraines.


While not commonly known, scoliosis can lead to migraines in some people. This is because a scoliotic spine can cause tension and pressure in the neck and shoulder muscles, which can trigger headaches. At The Scoliosis Center of Utah, we use Chiropractic BioPhysics® to correct the misalignments in the spine, which can help alleviate migraines.

Neck Pain

Another symptom of scoliosis is neck pain. The spinal curve can place undue pressure on the neck muscles and joints, causing discomfort and limited range of motion. Scoliosis-specific exercises, stretching, and alignment techniques can help alleviate neck pain in scoliosis sufferers. Chiropractic BioPhysics® is especially helpful in rehabilitating the neck and spine and reducing pain.

Similarly, scoliosis can also cause neck pain due to the misaligned curvature of the spine. This can cause tension and discomfort in the neck muscles, leading to chronic pain. Our team uses gentle and effective chiropractic techniques to realign the spine and relieve neck pain associated with scoliosis.

Digestive Distress

Many people with scoliosis also experience digestive distress. This can manifest as acid reflux, bloating, abdominal cramps, or irregular bowel movements. Poor posture caused by spinal curvature can stress the digestive system, leading to these symptoms. By addressing the underlying structural issues with techniques like Chiropractic BioPhysics® and ScoliBrace, we can often help patients experience significant relief in their digestive systems.

Scoliosis can affect the digestive system in several ways. The twisted spine can compress organs, leading to discomfort, bloating, and indigestion. Additionally, scoliosis can put pressure on the nerves that control the digestive system, leading to irregular bowel movements and IBS-like symptoms. By correcting the curvature of the spine with Chiropractic BioPhysics®, we can alleviate the pressure on the organs and nerves, allowing for improved digestion.

Loss of Flexibility

People with scoliosis often experience a loss of flexibility. This can be due to muscle imbalances, joint immobility, or spinal stiffness caused by the curvature. Through physical therapy and scoliosis-specific exercises combined with Chiropractic BioPhysics® and other modalities, we can work to improve flexibility in scoliosis patients.

Because scoliosis can also cause a loss of flexibility in the spine, it can make it difficult to perform certain movements and activities. This can impact overall mobility and lead to a decrease in physical activity, which can contribute to other health problems. By correcting the spine’s misalignments with Chiropractic BioPhysics®, we can help restore flexibility and mobility to the spine.

Breathing Difficulty

In some cases, scoliosis can cause breathing difficulties due to reduced lung capacity and decreased chest expansion. This can lead to shortness of breath, fatigue, and other respiratory problems. Our team led by Dr. Katalina Dean creates a customized treatment plan for each patient, which may include the use of the ScoliBrace to help improve breathing function.

Scoliosis Treatment in Midvale, Utah

Scoliosis is much more than just a spinal curve and back pain. It can cause a wide range of symptoms that affect the entire body, including migraines, neck pain, digestive distress, loss of flexibility, and breathing difficulty. At The Scoliosis Center of Utah, we offer personalized treatment plans using Chiropractic BioPhysics® and ScoliBrace to alleviate these symptoms and correct the underlying cause of scoliosis. If you or someone you love is struggling with scoliosis, our team is eager to work with you to provide compassionate care and effective treatment.

Customized Treatment Plan

Dr. Katalina Dean at The Scoliosis Center of Utah uses a personalized approach to assess each patient’s spinal curvature and condition and create a unique treatment plan. The assessment process includes a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical history, including previous treatments and surgeries, as well as a physical examination to determine the curvature of the spine. Dr. Dean uses Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP) to analyze the spine’s structure and alignment, identify any imbalances or asymmetries, and develop a customized treatment plan based on the patient’s specific needs.

The ScoliBrace® system is another tool that Dr. Dean may use to help patients with scoliosis. This system uses advanced technology to create a customized brace for each patient, which can help to reduce the curvature of the spine and improve posture. Dr. Dean works closely with each patient to ensure that the brace is comfortable and effective, making adjustments as needed to ensure optimal results.

Dr. Katalina Dean at The Scoliosis Center of Utah offers a comprehensive and personalized approach to scoliosis treatment. By using state-of-the-art technology and powerful, non-invasive techniques like CBP and the ScoliBrace® system, Dr. Dean is able to provide each patient with a customized treatment plan that is tailored to their unique needs.

Correcting Scoliosis – The Scoliosis Center of Utah, Midvale UT

Scoliosis is a condition that can cause a range of symptoms beyond the obvious spinal curve and back pain. At The Scoliosis Center of Utah, we specialize in diagnosing and treating scoliosis using advanced techniques like Chiropractic BioPhysics® and ScoliBrace. By addressing the underlying structural issues and implementing targeted therapies, we can help alleviate symptoms like headaches, neck pain, digestive distress, and loss of flexibility and improve patient quality of life. If you or a loved one suffer from scoliosis, please don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can help.

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Scoliosis Center of Utah

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