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Considerations for West Palm Beach Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis is not an issue all West Palm Beach parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are affected by scoliosis, West Palm Beach scoliosis is a big matter. Chiropractic Care presents these new findings about West Palm Beach scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF West Palm Beach SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a usual recommendation for West Palm Beach chiropractic patients. It’s important for all West Palm Beach kids and especially for kids at risk for scoliosis. Recent research on the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of spinal scoliosis - though not very much is known about the origins of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – documented that reduced 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 Care knows West Palm Beach parents will want to keep their kids moving!

West Palm Beach SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis interests West Palm Beach scoliosis patients. The spine itself may help predict its respond to West Palm Beach 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 decrease the previously increased degree 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 increased mobility and aid in stopping curve progression and in decreasing the curvature. (3)

West Palm Beach SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SPINAL MOBILIZATION

A recent study reported 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 improve the spinal curve as well as the physical fitness status of the scoliosis patient. (4) Again, Cox® flexion distraction manipulation stretches the basic anatomical posture of scoliosis.

West Palm Beach SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SURGICAL VS NON-SURGICAL

Definitive evidence of the clinical expectations and outcomes of non-surgical and surgical care for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is scarce. While AIS can develop throughout the growth years and cause a significant deformity, It’s usually not symptomatic. However, the risk of health problems and curve progression rises if the final spinal curvature reaches or exceeds a certain degree. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more typical interventions to prevent the progression. The key goals of all types of interventions are to correct the deformity, stop additional worsening of the curve, and bring back the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, diminishing morbidity and pain and permitting return to full function are also important. Surgery is normally suggested for curvatures exceeding 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 (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 more than 45 degrees to say one is superior. (5)

West Palm Beach SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor measures the curvature angle and establishes a West Palm Beach treatment plan that can incorporate spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be assimilated into the West Palm Beach chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) on stiffness of the thoracic spine which is the main area of the spine affected by scoliosis. This study documented that changes in spinal stiffness with chronic thoracic pain show correlation with pain and muscle activity. Spinal stiffness is intensified in chronic spine related pain. Increased spine motion is a part 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 talks about how he assists in keeping an active woman who has scoliosis active.

Schedule your West Palm Beach chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for West Palm Beach scoliosis is key to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis and his/her family. Chiropractic Care teams up with West Palm Beach scoliosis patients and their families to plan the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
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