Considerations for Lynchburg Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis isn’t an issue all Lynchburg parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are concerned with scoliosis, Lynchburg scoliosis is a big consideration. Palmer Chiropractic Center shares these new findings about Lynchburg scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF Lynchburg SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a customary recommendation for Lynchburg chiropractic patients. It is important for all Lynchburg kids and especially for kids at risk for scoliosis. Recent research on the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of spinal scoliosis - though little is known about the origins of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – recorded that reduced physical ability and activity in those who go on have scoliosis by age 15 was noted 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) Palmer Chiropractic Center knows Lynchburg parents will want to keep their kids moving!

Lynchburg SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis intrigues Lynchburg scoliosis patients. The spine itself may help predict its respond to Lynchburg chiropractic treatment. A significant tilting of the L3 and L4 vertebrae at skeletal maturity, especially one greater than 16°, predicts 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 decelerate the progression of the curve and reduce the previously increased size of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation called 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 aid in halting curve progression and in reducing the curvature. (3)

Lynchburg SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SPINAL MOBILIZATION

A recent study presented support for spinal mobilization of scoliosis spines. Researchers discovered 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 better 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.

Lynchburg SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SURGICAL VS NON-SURGICAL

Clear evidence of the clinical expectations and outcomes of non-surgical and surgical care for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is lacking. While AIS can develop throughout the growth years and cause a surface deformity, it is typically not symptomatic. However, the risk of health problems and curve progression increases if the final spinal curvature reaches or goes over a certain degree. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more standard interventions to prevent the progression. The key goals of all these interventions are to fix the deformity, stop additional worsening of the curve, and fix the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Additionally, minimizing morbidity and pain and permitting return to full function are also important. Surgery is usually 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 not many long-term outcomes (more than 20 years). For those with curves over 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 say one is superior. (5)

Lynchburg SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor determines the curvature angle and sets up a Lynchburg treatment plan that can incorporate spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If required, interdisciplinary care will be incorporated in the Lynchburg chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) regarding stiffness of the thoracic spine which is the main area of the spine changed by scoliosis. This study documented that changes in spinal stiffness with chronic thoracic pain demonstrate correlation with 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 presented 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 Lynchburg chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Lynchburg scoliosis is key to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis as well as his/her family. Palmer Chiropractic Center teams up with Lynchburg scoliosis patients and their families to find the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
Lynchburg scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Palmer Chiropractic Center. 
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