Considerations for Pflugerville Scoliosis Patients

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

CAUSES OF Pflugerville SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a usual recommendation for Pflugerville chiropractic patients. It is important for all Pflugerville kids and especially for kids at risk for scoliosis. Recent research on the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of spinal scoliosis - though not very much is understood about the causes of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – verified that decreased physical ability and activity in those who go on develop scoliosis by age 15 was noted 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) Pflugerville Wellness Center knows Pflugerville parents will want to keep their kids moving!

Pflugerville SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis intrigues Pflugerville scoliosis patients. The spine itself may help predict its respond to Pflugerville 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 reduce 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 stopping curve progression and in reducing the curvature. (3)

Pflugerville SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SPINAL MOBILIZATION

A recent study presented 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.

Pflugerville 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 scarce. While AIS can develop throughout the growth years and produce a surface deformity, It’s usually not symptomatic. Nevertheless, the risk of health problems and curve progression rises if the final spinal curvature get to or goes over a certain degree. 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, prevent additional deterioration of the curve, and bring back the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, reducing morbidity and pain and permitting return to full function are also important. Surgery is normally suggested for curvatures exceeding 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 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 superior. (5)

Pflugerville SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor measures the curvature angle and establishes a Pflugerville treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If required, interdisciplinary care will be included in the Pflugerville 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 affected by scoliosis. This study documented 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. 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 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 Pflugerville chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Pflugerville scoliosis is vital to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis and his/her family. Pflugerville Wellness Center partners with Pflugerville scoliosis patients and their families to find the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
Pflugerville scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Pflugerville Wellness Center. 
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