Considerations for Sandy Springs Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis isn’t a condition all Sandy Springs parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are affected by scoliosis, Sandy Springs scoliosis is a big matter. Cross Chiropractic Center shares these new findings about Sandy Springs scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF Sandy Springs SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a common recommendation for Sandy Springs chiropractic patients. It is important for all Sandy Springs kids and especially for kids at risk for scoliosis. New research on the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of spinal scoliosis - though little is known about the origins of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – verified 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) Cross Chiropractic Center knows Sandy Springs parents will want to keep their kids active!

Sandy Springs SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis interests Sandy Springs scoliosis patients. The spine itself may help predict its respond to Sandy Springs 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 profits from spinal mobilization and therapeutic exercise. They both may slow the progression of the curve and decrease the previously increased magnitude of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation referred to as Cox® Flexion Distraction spinal manipulation involves spine distraction with mobilization of vertebral segments through their normal ranges of motion. This may allow improved mobility and assist in stopping curve progression and in reducing the curvature. (3)

Sandy Springs SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SPINAL MOBILIZATION

A recent study reported 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.

Sandy Springs SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SURGICAL VS NON-SURGICAL

Definitive indication of the clinical expectations and outcomes of non-surgical and surgical care for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is scarce. While AIS can develop during the growth years and produce a significant deformity, it is typically not symptomatic. However, the risk of health problems and curve progression increases if the final spinal curvature reaches or goes over a certain point. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more typical interventions to prevent the progression. The key goals of all these interventions are to fix the deformity, prevent additional worsening of the curve, and fix the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, reducing morbidity and pain and permitting return to full function are also important. Surgery is usually recommended for curvatures over 40 to 50 degrees to stop the curvature. There are many reports of short-term (few months) promising surgical treatment outcomes but not many long-term outcomes (more than 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)

Sandy Springs SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor determines the curvature angle and sets up a Sandy Springs treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If required, interdisciplinary care will be incorporated in the Sandy Springs chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) about 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 intensified in chronic spine related pain. Improvement of 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 Sandy Springs chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Sandy Springs scoliosis is key to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis and his/her family. Cross Chiropractic Center partners with Sandy Springs scoliosis patients and their families to find the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
Sandy Springs scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Cross Chiropractic Center. 
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