Scoliosis Condition

Treatment for scoliosis relies on osteopathic manipulation and other therapies to help mobilize the lumbar and thoracic spine, improving range of motion while reducing chronic pain.


Scoliosis Treatment in New York City

Scoliosis treatment can include osteopathic manipulation and other therapies designed to improve mobility in the thoracic and lumbar spine, reducing pain and enhancing range of motion.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition involving a curvature of the spine that can have a variety of effects on patients. The curvature most often happens during a child’s growth stage, in the period right before the onset of puberty. Most cases are relatively benign, with no visible impact on health or lifestyle, for some patients, however, the deformity in the spine can progress as children continue to grow, with advanced cases creating disability.

When diagnosed early, children are often fitted with braces to help prevent additional curvature. In some instances, surgery may be required to minimize the damage and even straighten out the spine. In all cases where this condition is identified, children are routinely monitored to ensure that the disorder doesn’t worsen.

What Causes this condition?

Medical professionals are not sure about the causes of most forms of scoliosis, other than heredity. However, researchers have identified some of the most common factors that can cause the less-commonly seen variations of the condition. Those causes include:

  • Cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and other types of neuromuscular disorders
  • Genetic birth defects that impact spinal bone development
  • Spinal injuries that affect normal growth of the spine
  • Infections in the spine

The condition is most commonly seen in patients who are just entering the final growth spurt before puberty and is equally common in both boys and girls. However, girls are more prone to developing severe curvature that requires treatment. While some hereditary factors have been noted, studies suggest that most young patients with the disorder come from families without any history of spinal curvature.

What Are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?

In mild cases of spinal curvature, there are usually no symptoms. Many patients simply live their lives without complications. For the unfortunate minority who suffer from more severe curvature, symptoms can include:

  • Chronic back problems. Many adults who experienced spinal curvature since childhood end up experiencing chronic pain later in life.
  • Changes in physical appearance. The condition can alter physical characteristics over time. Hips and shoulders can become uneven, and ribs can become more prominent. In addition, the curvature can create imbalances in the waist and trunk.
  • Heart or lung damage. In the most severe cases, the patient’s rib cage can put pressure on the lungs and heart, impacting breathing and circulation.
  • Muscle weakness or numbness
  • Atypical reflexes

How We Can Help

While severe scoliosis often requires surgery to correct, milder forms can be effectively treated with osteopathic care. Through a combination of manipulation, soft tissue techniques, and other osteopathic treatment, our team can help to reduce pain and increase range of motion. In addition, we can provide vital information and education about home-based exercises, treatments, and lifestyle changes to improve your quality of life.


Back and Spine Conditions

Back and spine conditions can be degenerative, disease-related, or caused by overuse or injury. Symptoms can include pain, impaired mobility, numbness, weakness, and more.

Back Muscle SpasmFacet Joint SyndromeFailed Back Surgery SyndromeHerniated DiscsLow Back PainLumbar RadiculopathyMid Back PainMyofascial Pain SyndromeNerve Compression SyndromePiriformis SyndromePost Laminectomy SyndromeSacroiliac Joint DysfunctionScoliosisSpinal Stenosis

Contact Us Today

If you are suffering from curvature of the spine and need relief, contact Leonid Tafler, DO today. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for an examination and help you learn more about how osteopathic treatment can help you enjoy a more pain-free life.

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Scoliosis Reviews

Margaret Sowa
Margaret Sowa
Hotel General Manager Brooklyn, NY

Through the years, every one treated by Dr. Tafler has had very positive and lasting results. I can't thank him enough for myself, my mom and for every dear person to my heart I sent to him. 🙂 Thank you Doctor! Words can't express what you've done and how many lives have changed. God bless you.

Boris Talis
Boris Talis
Four-time champion of the world in Sambo Combat. Black belt 6th Degree

I am a whole hardheartedly grateful to Dr.Tafler for this timely help in recovering the moving function of my shoulder joint. This helped me a win a gold medal and become the Champion of the world in Sambo combat in Greece 2012. I always tell my collegues and student to turn to the excellent and kind Dr. Leonid Tafler in case of any accident or injury.


Dr. Tafler started working with me though acupuncture, back adjustments and immediately I saw the progress and my pain was less and less with every visit to the doctor. I avoided a surgery thanks to Dr Tafler. I started to enjoy my life again. I am so thankful to the doctor, and have been recommending Dr Tafler to all my friends and coworkers who have back problems and other pains.

Thomas Rayder

Dr. Tafler recommended the OMT under anesthesia procedure. The procedure was performed and alleviated my pain immediately. I avoided surgery and have not had problems with my neck in 7 years now! I am so thankful to Dr. Tafler, the OMT under anesthesia procedure helped me so much!

Elizabeth Blend

Dr. Tafler took me in for a weekend to receive manipulation under anesthesia. Two weeks later I was able to walk without pain. I have been pain free since that moment until today, many years after initial treatment. Without his treatment I do not know if I would have been able to walk at all.

Hugo Barriga

Doctor Tafler, was my savior and there is not doubt he give me my back life; this OMT under anesthesia definitely recommend to everyone, this improve my back and relief a chronic pain. Try this before any aggressive treatment, this was over 5 years ago and I feel splendidly.


Two weeks ago I came to his office. He is a very nice and very pleasant man. I told him about a terrible pain in my back. He gave me two injections and I was able to walk a lot better. I felt myself at my twenties. When I went for the second treatment under anesthesia, I was running up the stairs at my church. All my friends got very happy for me. So, I believe, this man is a hero! If not him, I would not be able to walk!