Scoliosis isn’t an issue all Augusta parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are affected by scoliosis, Augusta scoliosis is a big matter. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic shares these new findings about Augusta scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.
CAUSES OF Augusta SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH
Being physically active is a common recommendation for Augusta chiropractic patients. It is important for all Augusta 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 causes of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – recorded that reduced physical ability and activity in those who go on develop 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) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic knows Augusta parents will want to keep their kids moving!
Augusta SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION
Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis intrigues Augusta scoliosis patients. The spine holds some clues as to just how it will respond to Augusta chiropractic treatment. A significant 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 reduce the already increased size 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 reducing the curvature. (3)
Augusta SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SPINAL MOBILIZATION
A new study presented 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.
Augusta 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 missing. While AIS can progress throughout the growth years and cause a significant deformity, It’s usually not symptomatic. Nevertheless, the risk of health problems and curve progression rises if the final spinal curvature get to or exceeds a certain degree. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more standard interventions to stop the progression. The main aims of all these interventions are to revise the deformity, stop additional deterioration of the curve, and bring back the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Additionally, reducing morbidity and pain and permitting return to full function are also significant. Surgery is usually recommended for curvatures exceeding 40 to 50 degrees to stop the curvature. There are many reports of short-term (few months) favorable 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 show that one is better. (5)
Augusta SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor determines the curvature angle and establishes a Augusta treatment plan that can incorporate spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be assimilated into the Augusta 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 show 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 talks about how he helps keep an active woman who has scoliosis active.
Schedule your Augusta chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Augusta scoliosis is important to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis and his/her family. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic partners with Augusta scoliosis patients and their families to discover the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.