Most back pain is muscle strain, which is microtearing to macrotearing of muscle fiber. Most of my muscle strain patients, whether they strain neck muscles, back muscles or any other muscles in the body (chiropractic physicians treat ALL muscles and joints of the human body), get better in kess than 1-2 weeks. Some take 6-8 weeks. State guidelines in my state (Massachusetts) allow several months of traatment for mote sebere cases. Most low back pain is muscle strain, mostly of lumbosacral multifidi muscles (look it up) caused by improper bending, reaching or lifting. Those strains range from minimal/nuisance to severe/agonizing. They almost never require hospital care, x-rays or MRI, even though pain can be moderate-severe at first.
Treatment of back pain usually results in improvement that is much faster than doing nothing. Since time is of the essence for working people, those physicians saying “it will resolve by itself” are correct, but missing the point. Chiropractic physicians can often get you better much more quickly.
Hope this helps. It’s a tough question to answer without a medical interview, review of systems, and physical examination, all of which you will undergo at the chiropractor’s office, just as at any other physician’s office. Our examinations are typically more thorough, speaking from personal experience. You do not need a referral from a medical doctor. We are considered primary care for musculoskeletal conditions.
I’d start with half side planks as ling as they don’t cause pain or additional pain (if you are already in pain). It’s likely that you will be stronger on one side than the other as you have structural asymmetry that is a part of scoliosis.
However, you can achieve FUNCTIONAL symmetry in the frontal plane (i.e. in the spine’s lateral benders) by doing endurance/stability exercises such as side planks.
Just start. Keep it easy, and stop if any exercise causes pain. See a sports chiropractor who does in-office therapeutic exercise.
If it is muscle strain (and there are many possibilities there), osteoarthritis, whiplash, ligament tear (i.e., sprain; again, many possibilities), facet cartilage contusion or degradation, herniated disc or other space-occupying lesion, a chiropractic physician can diagnose and treat any of those conditions, as well as order advanced imaging of the cervical spine (neck).
Most people age poorly due to muscle imbalances that many refer to as “poor posture”. For example, tight, short and overdeveloped internal shoulder rotator muscles (i.e., subscapularis muscles), combined with weak thoracic spine extensor muscles and short and tight pectoralis (pec major and minor) muscles cause a slumped forward posture. It is entirely preventable, but people need to start early with exercises that strengthen and stretch the correct muscles. Chiropractic physicians are experts in assessing muscle imbalances and how they affect posture, cause injuries and put a person at great risk for injury. There are many examples beyond this one. We are experts in clinical biomechanics.
Our training is much, much more than most—if not all—personal trainers. Personal trainers cannot diagnose, so their training is not nearly as much as the training of a chiropractic physician or physical therapist. Your best bet for muscle problems are DCs or DPTs. The treatments are often identical.
Treatment would include targeting exercises at the injured tissues to strengthen, gradually and without pain. There are also many passive therapies for pain reduction, speedier healing and increased range of motion. Active therapies (ones patients can do on their own once they can successfully demonstrate and oerform them) are most important. It is my job to make you independent of doctors.
So yes, much we can do. One question we always get is “Why spinal manipulation” after a car crash? The answer is complex, but in a nutshell, it is because when spinal ligaments are injured, they need to move during the repair phase of healing. Compare to an ankle sprain: part of rehab of those torn ligaments is gentle movement and eventual weight-bearing movenent. You have conscious control over ankle movement. But humans do NOT have conscious control over individual spinal movements. But those injured spinal joints and ligaments NEED to move just like the ankle joints during healing. So, spinal manipulation by a trained professional provides that movement when you cannot. Make sense?