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Considerations for McHenry Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis isn’t a condition all McHenry parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are concerned with scoliosis, McHenry scoliosis is a big matter. Spengel Chiropractic presents these new findings about McHenry scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF McHenry SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a common recommendation for McHenry chiropractic patients. It’s important for all McHenry 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 causes of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – documented that reduced physical ability and activity in those who go on have 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) Spengel Chiropractic knows McHenry parents will want to keep their kids moving!

McHenry SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis intrigues McHenry scoliosis patients. The spine itself may help predict its respond to McHenry 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 benefits from spinal mobilization and therapeutic exercise. They both may slow the progression of the curve and decrease the previously increased size of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation called 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 assist in halting curve progression and in reducing the curvature. (3)

McHenry SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SPINAL MOBILIZATION

A recent 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 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.

McHenry 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 lacking. While AIS can progress throughout the growth years and cause a surface deformity, it is usually not symptomatic. Nevertheless, the risk of health problems and curve progression rises if the final spinal curvature get to or exceeds a certain point. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more standard interventions to prevent the progression. The key goals 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, diminishing morbidity and pain and permitting return to full function are also important. Surgery is usually recommended for curvatures exceeding 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 over 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)

McHenry SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor determines the curvature angle and sets up a McHenry treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If required, interdisciplinary care will be incorporated in the McHenry chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) about 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 demonstrate correlation with pain and muscle activity. Spinal stiffness is intensified in chronic spine related pain. Improvement of spine motion is a part 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 discusses how he helps keep an active woman who has scoliosis active.

Schedule your McHenry chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for McHenry scoliosis is vital to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis as well as his/her family. Spengel Chiropractic teams up with McHenry scoliosis patients and their families to find the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
McHenry scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Spengel Chiropractic. 
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