Can a Chiropractor fix a deviated septum?
Some of my followers told me not to get deviated septum surgery and to seek out a Chiropractor instead.
Supposedly, they can just snap your nose back into place, and you can avert having to go through surgery entirely.
This seemed a bit farfetched to me, so I asked for my ear nose and throat doctor's opinion on the matter.
As some of you may or may not know, I've been dealing with a deviated septum for the majority of my life.
In addition to inflamed turbinates, my septal deviation just compounds my airway inhibition, and prevents me from breathing through my nose easily.
A deviated septum is a condition where the tissue that separates both the left and right airways of the nose is off-center.
This means that, instead of straight, the septum itself is bent towards either left or right, which can inhibit the otherwise smooth airflow through the nose.
In my case, I have been encountering nearly 100% airway inhibition in one nostril or the other nearly all day long, and this inhibition seems to switch sides every few hours.
The cause of this I have since discovered is the inflammation of my turbinates, which is the root of the majority of my issue.
I asked my ENT about my options for fixing my deviated septum.
I already knew about the surgery route, but I also asked “can a chiropractor fix a deviated septum”?
If so, it would avert the need for an invasive procedure like septal surgery.
Basically, the idea of putting the treatment in the hands of a chiropractor instead of an ENT originally derives from those who believe that this anatomical disorder can be fixed through mere re-aligning of the bones in the nose.
My ENT doctor was straight to the point in saying that, for a case that is not necessarily bone-related, a treatment for a deviated septum is most often—if not always—a subject for surgery.
Not wanting to leave any confusion, he outlined how bones work; and how a chiropractic approach would relate to its mechanics.
The ENT detailed how a condition involving a deviated septum is not treated with just the re-fracturing of the bones within the nose itself.
The nasal passage is also comprised of Cartilage.
Cartilage is not something you can fracture and straighten like with bones, hence why a Chiropractor, in almost all cases, would not be able to correct a deviated septum.