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Considerations for Burlington and Hamilton Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis isn’t an issue all Burlington and Hamilton parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are affected by scoliosis, Burlington and Hamilton scoliosis is a big matter. Spinal Care Clinic shares these new findings about Burlington and Hamilton scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF Burlington and Hamilton SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a customary recommendation for Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients. It’s important for all Burlington and Hamilton kids and especially for kids at risk for scoliosis. Recent research on the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of spinal scoliosis - though little is understood about the origins of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – verified that decreased 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) Spinal Care Clinic knows Burlington and Hamilton parents will want to keep their kids active!

Burlington and Hamilton SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis interests Burlington and Hamilton scoliosis patients. The spine itself may help predict its respond to Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic treatment. A significant 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 decelerate the progression of the curve and reduce the previously increased degree of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation termed 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 help in stopping curve progression and in reducing the curvature. (3)

Burlington and Hamilton 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 improve 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.

Burlington and Hamilton SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SURGICAL VS NON-SURGICAL

Clear indication of the clinical expectations and outcomes of non-surgical and surgical care for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is lacking. While AIS can develop throughout the growth years and cause a surface deformity, it is usually not symptomatic. Nevertheless, the risk of health problems and curve progression increases if the final spinal curvature get to or exceeds a certain degree. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more typical interventions to prevent the progression. The central aims of all these interventions are to fix the deformity, prevent further worsening of the curve, and bring back the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, diminishing morbidity and pain and allowing return to full function are also significant. Surgery is normally recommended for curvatures over 40 to 50 degrees to stop the curvature. There are several 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 greater than 45 degrees to say one is superior. (5)

Burlington and Hamilton SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor determines the curvature angle and establishes a Burlington and Hamilton treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be assimilated into the Burlington and Hamilton 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 documented that changes in spinal stiffness with chronic thoracic pain demonstrate correlation with pain and muscle activity. Spinal stiffness is increased in chronic spine related pain. Improvement of 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 Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Burlington and Hamilton scoliosis is important to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis and his/her family. Spinal Care Clinic teams up with Burlington and Hamilton scoliosis patients and their families to discover the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
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