Considerations for Fort Wayne Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis is not an issue all Fort Wayne parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are concerned with scoliosis, Fort Wayne scoliosis is a big consideration. Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center presents these new findings about Fort Wayne scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF Fort Wayne SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a usual recommendation for Fort Wayne chiropractic patients. It’s important for all Fort Wayne 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 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) Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center knows Fort Wayne parents will want to keep their kids active!

Fort Wayne SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis interests Fort Wayne scoliosis patients. The spine holds some clues as to just how it will respond to Fort Wayne 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 benefits from spinal mobilization and therapeutic exercise. They both may decelerate the progression of the curve and decrease the previously increased degree of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation called Cox® Flexion Distraction spinal manipulation involves spine distraction with mobilization of vertebral segments through their normal ranges of motion. This may allow increased mobility and aid in stopping curve progression and in reducing the curvature. (3)

Fort Wayne 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 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.

Fort Wayne 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 missing. While AIS can advance throughout the growth years and cause a significant deformity, it is usually not symptomatic. However, the risk of health problems and curve progression increases if the final spinal curvature get to or exceeds a certain point. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more typical interventions to prevent the progression. The main goals of all types of interventions are to revise the deformity, prevent additional deterioration of the curve, and restore the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, diminishing morbidity and pain and allowing return to full function are also important. Surgery is normally 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 (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 say one is better. (5)

Fort Wayne SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor determines the curvature angle and sets up a Fort Wayne treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be assimilated into the Fort Wayne 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 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 helps keep an active woman who has scoliosis active.

Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Fort Wayne scoliosis is important to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis as well as his/her family. Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center teams up with Fort Wayne scoliosis patients and their families to plan the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
Fort Wayne scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center. 
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