Healthy News November 2021 Relieving Chiropractic Care for Hyperkyphosis Curves & Lumbar Spinal Stenosis GENTLE, COMFORTABLE TREATMENT OF HYPERKYPHOSIS AND THE THORACIC SPINE The spine has its own normal curvature or kyphosis. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc knows the spine’s curves quite well! Most Fort Wayne chiropractic clients do not think about the curvature of the spine, its normalcy or its function, until there is an issue caused by a curve that gets “too” curvy. Think about the thoracic spine, the upper back part of the spine. Its normal kyphosis ranges from 20° to 40 in young people. For 20 to 40% of over-60-year-old adults, this kyphosis is seen to grow beyond 40°. This “age-related kyphosis” (aka ‘hyperkyphosis’) affects both men and women but is more frequently seen in women who have more functional disorders like decreased back extensor muscle strength and use of erector spinal muscles in addition to poor health conditions. (1,2) Spinal manipulation and mobilization of the thoracic spine are common approaches chiropractors use to treat musculoskeletal issues in older adults with conditions like hyperkyphosis. Older spines successfully received the SMM forces similar to younger spines in research studies. (3) Luckily, research describes manual therapy as effective to reduce and prevent musculoskeletal problems due to thoracic hyperkyphosis. A recent study described how such therapy positively influenced the thoracic kyphosis angle, thoracic extension range of motion, and thoracic extension strength. (4) And a bonus: Thoracic mobilization is shown to boost diaphragmatic excursion and respiratory function to manage and prevent respiratory dysfunction in patients with thoracic hyperkyphosis. (5) Your Fort Wayne chiropractor delivers gentle, effective, distractive thoracic spine manipulation that both relieves hyperkyphosis and is quite comfortable. Once you feel it, you will want more! Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Joseph D’Angiolillo on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains gentle distraction care of thoracic pain with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Fort Wayne CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: Get Care for Spinal Stenosis Sooner Than Later! Lumbar spinal stenosis is a not uncommon diagnosis for older Fort Wayne adults. It’s associated with a higher utilization of healthcare services. And surgery is not always the solution according to a study reporting that 1 in 3 lumbar spinal stenosis patients experienced a poor clinical outcome after surgery. Moreover, 36.1% of 529 patients had a poor leg pain outcome while 27.6% had a poor overall outcome. Encouragingly, patients who exercised on a regular basis and those who got pre-operative chiropractic or physiotherapy care were not as likely to describe a poor overall outcome. (6) A new study reported that receiving such non-operative care starting within the first 30 days of diagnosis decreased the use of riskier and more costly health care services in the following year. Less than 2% of Medicare beneficiaries got such care in a timely fashion. (7) Lastly, manual manipulation for 8 weeks was shown to be effective for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis by easing their pain and bettering their function. (8) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is ready to get started treating your spinal stenosis today, non-operatively and safely. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Make your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. Spinal conditions like thoracic spine hyperkyphosis and lumbar spinal stenosis react well to chiropractic treatment! "This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."