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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

Understanding the Link Between Scoliosis and Neck Pain

Updated: 4 days ago

A comforting image of Dr. Rory Dopps consulting with a patient about their scoliosis and neck pain, highlighting the personalized approach to chiropractic treatment.
A woman illustrating the spine's curvature in scoliosis and how it may lead to neck pain, emphasizing the importance of chiropractic care.

Scoliosis, a condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine, is commonly associated with the lower back, but its effects can be far-reaching, extending all the way to the neck. This article explores the connection between scoliosis and neck pain, addressing the underlying causes and the importance of professional assessment and treatment to alleviate discomfort and improve spinal health.

What Is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis involves a sideways curvature of the spine that most often develops during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the majority of scoliosis cases are idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown.

Can Scoliosis Cause Neck Pain?

Yes, scoliosis can cause neck pain. Although the primary spinal deformity in scoliosis may occur in the thoracic (mid-back) or lumbar (lower back) regions, the spine's interconnected nature means a curvature can affect the spine's alignment as a whole. The cervical spine, or neck, can experience strain as it compensates for the abnormal curvature below, leading to pain and stiffness.

Why Does Scoliosis Affect the Neck?

The human spine is designed to distribute mechanical stress evenly throughout its structure. When there's a curve in one region, the adjacent sections of the spine may adjust their positions to maintain balance and function. In scoliosis, these compensatory changes can result in additional curves, often in the neck, to balance the head over the spine. The muscles and ligaments in the neck may also become overworked from maintaining this altered posture, leading to pain and fatigue.

Symptoms of Neck Pain Due to Scoliosis

Individuals with scoliosis may experience a range of symptoms in the neck, including:

  • Persistent neck pain and stiffness

  • Reduced range of motion in the neck

  • Headaches originating at the base of the skull

  • Radiating pain or tingling in the arms if nerve compression occurs

The Role of Chiropractic Care in Managing Scoliosis Neck Pain

For those living with scoliosis-related neck pain, chiropractic care offers a non-invasive and holistic approach to treatment. Chiropractors, such as Dr. Rory Dopps, specialize in the diagnosis and management of spinal health conditions. By carefully assessing spinal alignment and mobility, a chiropractor can develop a customized treatment plan that may include spinal adjustments, therapeutic exercises, and postural advice to address both the symptoms and the root cause of the discomfort.

Customized Treatment Approaches

Each case of scoliosis is unique, and so too should be the treatment strategy. Dr. Rory Dopps focuses on individualized care that takes into account the severity of the curvature, the location of the pain, and the patient's overall health and lifestyle. The goal is to relieve neck pain by improving spinal alignment and function, which in turn can reduce the compensatory strain on the neck muscles and joints.

Taking the Next Step

Living with scoliosis and neck pain doesn't have to be a daily struggle. Recognizing the connection between the two is the first step towards seeking effective treatment and improving quality of life. Dr. Rory Dopps at Dopps Chiropractic is dedicated to helping patients with scoliosis find relief from neck pain and enhance their overall spinal health.

For those seeking compassionate and expert care for scoliosis-related neck pain, reach out to Dopps Chiropractic. Schedule your consultation at and discover how targeted chiropractic treatment can make a significant difference in managing scoliosis and associated neck pain. Take control of your spinal health and embark on a journey to greater comfort and mobility.


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