Considerations for Minster Scoliosis Patients

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

CAUSES OF Minster SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a usual recommendation for Minster chiropractic patients. It is important for all Minster 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 understood about the causes of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – documented that decreased 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) Minster Chiropractic Center knows Minster parents will want to keep their kids active!

Minster SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis interests Minster scoliosis patients. The spine holds some clues as to just how it will respond to Minster chiropractic treatment. A noticeable 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 decelerate the progression of the curve and decrease the already increased size of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation termed Cox® Flexion Distraction spinal manipulation incorporates spine distraction with mobilization of vertebral segments through their normal ranges of motion. This may allow improved mobility and aid in stopping curve progression and in reducing the curvature. (3)

Minster SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SPINAL MOBILIZATION

A recent study reported 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 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.

Minster 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 progress during the growth years and cause a surface deformity, It’s typically not symptomatic. Nevertheless, the risk of health problems and curve progression rises if the final spinal curvature get to or goes over a certain degree. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more standard interventions to prevent the progression. The central aims of all types of interventions are to correct the deformity, stop additional deterioration of the curve, and restore the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Additionally, reducing morbidity and pain and allowing return to normal function are also significant. Surgery is usually suggested for curvatures over 40 to 50 degrees to stop the curvature. There are many 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 more than 45 degrees to say one is better. (5)

Minster SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor measures the curvature angle and sets up a Minster treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be incorporated in the Minster chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) regarding stiffness of the thoracic spine which is the primary area of the spine changed by scoliosis. This study documented that changes in spinal stiffness with chronic thoracic pain show association of pain and muscle activity. Spinal stiffness is increased in chronic spine related pain. Improvement of 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 talks about how he assists in keeping an active woman who has scoliosis active.

Schedule your Minster chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Minster scoliosis is key to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis and his/her family. Minster Chiropractic Center partners with Minster scoliosis patients and their families to find the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

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