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Considerations for Carrolltown Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis isn’t a condition all Carrolltown parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are affected by scoliosis, Carrolltown scoliosis is a big matter. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation presents these new findings about Carrolltown scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF Carrolltown SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a common recommendation for Carrolltown chiropractic patients. It’s important for all Carrolltown kids and especially for kids at risk for scoliosis. Recent research on the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of spinal scoliosis - though little is understood about the origins of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – verified 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) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation knows Carrolltown parents will want to keep their kids moving!

Carrolltown SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

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

Carrolltown SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SPINAL MOBILIZATION

A recent 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.

Carrolltown SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SURGICAL VS NON-SURGICAL

Clear indication of the clinical expectations and outcomes of non-surgical and surgical care for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is missing. While AIS can develop throughout the growth years and produce a significant deformity, It’s usually not symptomatic. Nevertheless, the risk of health problems and curve progression rises if the final spinal curvature get to or exceeds a certain degree. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more typical interventions to prevent the progression. The main goals of all types of interventions are to correct the deformity, stop additional deterioration of the curve, and bring back the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, minimizing morbidity and pain and allowing return to normal function are also important. Surgery is normally recommended for curvatures exceeding 40 to 50 degrees to stop the curvature. There are several reports of short-term (few months) favorable surgical treatment outcomes but not many long-term outcomes (over 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 greater than 45 degrees to show that one is better. (5)

Carrolltown SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor determines the curvature angle and establishes a Carrolltown treatment plan that can incorporate spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be assimilated into the Carrolltown chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) on stiffness of the thoracic spine which is the primary area of the spine changed by scoliosis. This study found that changes in spinal stiffness with chronic thoracic pain demonstrate association of pain and muscle activity. Spinal stiffness is increased in chronic spine related pain. Increased spine motion is a goal 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 talks about how he assists in keeping an active woman who has scoliosis active.

Schedule your Carrolltown chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Carrolltown scoliosis is important to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis as well as his/her family. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation teams up with Carrolltown scoliosis patients and their families to discover the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
Carrolltown scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation. 
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