Considerations for Preston Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis isn’t a condition all Preston parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are concerned with scoliosis, Preston scoliosis is a big matter. Chiropractic Associates presents these new findings about Preston scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF Preston SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a usual recommendation for Preston chiropractic patients. It’s important for all Preston kids and especially for kids at risk for scoliosis. New research on the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of spinal scoliosis - though little is understood about the causes of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – recorded that decreased physical ability and activity in those who go on have scoliosis by age 15 was seen as early as age 18 months. Those children who did more objectively measured moderate/vigorous physical activity at age 11 were 30% less likely to develop scoliosis. (1) Chiropractic Associates knows Preston parents will want to keep their kids active!

Preston SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis intrigues Preston scoliosis patients. The spine holds some clues as to just how it will respond to Preston chiropractic treatment. A significant tilting of the L3 and L4 vertebrae at skeletal maturity, specifically one greater than 16°, predicts future curve progression and low back pain in adulthood. (2) Such a spine with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis benefits from spinal mobilization and therapeutic exercise. They both may slow the progression of the curve and reduce the already increased magnitude of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation referred to as Cox® Flexion Distraction spinal manipulation incorporates spine distraction with mobilization of vertebral segments into their normal ranges of motion. This may allow improved mobility and assist in halting curve progression and in decreasing the curvature. (3)

Preston SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SPINAL MOBILIZATION

A new study presented support for spinal mobilization of scoliosis spines. Researchers found significant improvements in the neutral angles of both the lower thoracic spine curve and the lower lumbar spine curve after triple-treatment trunk stretching. Triple-treatment trunk stretching may well improve the spinal curve and the physical fitness status of the scoliosis patient. (4) Again, Cox® flexion distraction manipulation stretches the basic anatomical posture of scoliosis.

Preston SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SURGICAL VS NON-SURGICAL

Definitive indication of the clinical expectations and outcomes of non-surgical and surgical care for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is scarce. While AIS can progress throughout the growth years and cause a surface deformity, it is usually not symptomatic. However, the risk of health problems and curve progression increases if the final spinal curvature reaches or exceeds a certain point. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more typical interventions to prevent the progression. The key aims of all types of interventions are to correct the deformity, stop further worsening of the curve, and bring back the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, diminishing morbidity and pain and allowing return to normal function are also important. Surgery is normally suggested for curvatures over 40 to 50 degrees to stop the curvature. There are several reports of short-term (few months) promising surgical treatment outcomes but few long-term outcomes (more than 20 years). For those with curves greater than 45 degrees, there are no randomized controlled trials and prospective controlled trials comparing spinal fusion surgery with non-surgical interventions in people with AIS with a Cobb angle more than 45 degrees to show that one is superior. (5)

Preston SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor measures the curvature angle and sets up a Preston treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be incorporated in the Preston chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) about stiffness of the thoracic spine which is the primary area of the spine affected by scoliosis. This study found that changes in spinal stiffness with chronic thoracic pain demonstrate correlation with pain and muscle activity. Spinal stiffness is intensified in chronic spine related pain. Increased spine motion is a aim of non-surgical treatment of scoliosis whether in the adolescent or middle to older aged individual.

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Listen to this PODCAST about Cox® Technic chiropractic care of scoliosis told by Dr. Roberto Branca, an Italian chiropractor using Cox® Technic, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He discusses how he assists in keeping an active woman who has scoliosis active.

Schedule your Preston chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Preston scoliosis is vital to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis as well as his/her family. Chiropractic Associates teams up with Preston scoliosis patients and their families to find the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
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