I see some radical spines, radical misalignments, and 90+ degree curvatures in the spine. I cringe inwardly when I review x-rays with a patient that has this level of a spinal misalignment. The question is always “how much can you change it with chiropractic care?”
That question makes sense. A radical misalignment needs radical correction. Orthopedic surgeons sometimes do fusion surgery using a titanium Harrington rod to straighten a severe curve in the spine and fuse it.
What’s the Reality?
I have seen patients with severe curvatures who tell me that they were pain-free until this past week.
The rule is simple. Your body tries to adapt to misalignments as much as it can. In order to correct the problem, we change as much as this spine is able to change, and then we’re done. These spinal curvatures get this way gradually and a healthy person adapts.
We have lots of tools – laser therapy, interferential therapy, spinal adjusting, and deep tissue therapeutic massage.
The fact is – no chiropractor anywhere is going to straighten up a radical curvature.
What’s my Job?
Get ’em functional, get ’em stronger. The person who can live, move, and is able to do their activities without pain is functioning and happy. That’s what a patient wants. In the end, you don’t really care how it looks on the x-rays if you are fully functional and pain-free.