HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO TELL THE TREATMENT IS WORKING, AND HOW SOON?
Your doctor should have ways to determine if your treatment will most likely be effective, or not. Competent orthopedists take in-brace x-rays to ensure that the fit and design of the brace is effective; scoliosis surgeons will take special bending or traction x-rays to evaluate how much correction to expect from the surgery. A chiropractor should be no different – if they cannot demonstrate objective improvement on an x-ray within a few weeks, and you do not feel any improvement in your pain or symptoms, you should consider finding a different chiropractor. There are many different braces, and many different chiropractic techniques – not all of them are equally effective when it comes to treating specific cases of scoliosis. For this reason, it is important to have a plan established before you begin care, and to be prepared to select a different treatment method if the first does not work within a pre-set timeframe.