Considerations for Pensacola Scoliosis Patients

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

CAUSES OF Pensacola SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a customary recommendation for Pensacola chiropractic patients. It is important for all Pensacola kids and especially for kids at risk for scoliosis. New research on the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of spinal scoliosis - though not very much is known about the origins of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – recorded 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) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center knows Pensacola parents will want to keep their kids moving!

Pensacola SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis intrigues Pensacola scoliosis patients. The spine holds some clues as to just how it will respond to Pensacola chiropractic treatment. A significant tilting of the L3 and L4 vertebrae at skeletal maturity, especially 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 reduce the previously increased size of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation called 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 assist in halting curve progression and in reducing the curvature. (3)

Pensacola SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SPINAL MOBILIZATION

A new 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.

Pensacola 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 missing. While AIS can progress during 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 reaches or exceeds a certain point. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more standard interventions to stop the progression. The key aims of all types of interventions are to revise the deformity, stop additional worsening of the curve, and restore the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, minimizing 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 several reports of short-term (few months) promising surgical treatment outcomes but few long-term outcomes (more than 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 more than 45 degrees to say one is better. (5)

Pensacola SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor measures the curvature angle and sets up a Pensacola treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be included in the Pensacola 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 found that changes in spinal stiffness with chronic thoracic pain demonstrate association of pain and muscle activity. Spinal stiffness is intensified 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 Pensacola chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Pensacola scoliosis is key to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis as well as his/her family. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center teams up with Pensacola scoliosis patients and their families to discover the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
Pensacola scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center. 
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