Healthy News November 2021 Relieving Chiropractic Care for Hyperkyphosis Curves & Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

 1        The Eugene chiropractic care of hyperkyphotic curves in the [thoracic spine in older people responds nicely to gentle chiropractic distraction care.

GENTLE, COMFORTABLE TREATMENT OF HYPERKYPHOSIS AND THE THORACIC SPINE

The spine has its own normal curvature or kyphosis. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic knows the spine’s curves quite well! Most Eugene chiropractic clients do not give a second though to the curvature of the spine, its normalcy or its function, until there is a problem caused by a curve that gets “too” curvy. Think about the thoracic spine, the upper back part of the spine. Its normal kyphosis ranges from 20° to 40 in young people. For 20% to 40% of over-60-year-old adults, this kyphosis is seen to grow beyond 40°. This is termed “age-related kyphosis” or “hyperkyphosis” which affects both men and women but is more frequently described to affect women who have more functional disorders like reduced back extensor muscle strength and use of erector spinal muscles plus other poor health conditions. (1,2) Spinal manipulation and mobilization of the thoracic spine are common approaches chiropractors use to treat musculoskeletal issues in older adults with issues like hyperkyphosis. Older spines successfully experienced the SMM forces similar to younger spines in research studies. (3) Luckily, research describes manual therapy as effective to decrease and prevent musculoskeletal problems because of thoracic hyperkyphosis. A recent report described how such therapy improved the thoracic kyphosis angle, thoracic extension range of motion, and thoracic extension strength. (4) And an extra: Thoracic mobilization is demonstrated to increase diaphragmatic excursion and respiratory function to manage and avert respiratory dysfunction in patients with thoracic hyperkyphosis. (5) Your Eugene chiropractor delivers gentle, effective, distractive thoracic spine manipulation that both relieves hyperkyphosis and is quite comfortable. Once you feel it, you’ll ask for it again!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Joseph D’Angiolillo on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes gentle distraction treatment of upper spine pain with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic shares research that emphasizes that non-operative treatment for spinal stenosis within a month of diagnosis is beneficial.  

Eugene CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: Get Care for Spinal Stenosis Sooner Than Later!

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a not uncommon diagnosis for older Eugene adults. It is associated with a higher utilization of healthcare services. And surgery isn’t always the solution according to a study reporting that 1 in 3 lumbar spinal stenosis patients had a poor clinical outcome with surgery. Also, 36.1% of 529 patients had a poor leg pain outcome while 27.6% had a poor overall outcome. Encouragingly, patients who exercised on a regular basis and those who received pre-operative chiropractic or physiotherapy care were less likely to report a poor overall outcome. (6) A recent study reported that getting such non-operative care starting within the first 30 days of diagnosis reduced the use of riskier and more costly health care services in the following year. Less than 2% of Medicare beneficiaries started such care in a timely fashion. (7) Lastly, manual manipulation for 8 weeks was shown to be effective for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis by decreasing their pain and bettering their function. (8) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is ready to get started caring for your spinal stenosis today, non-operatively and safely.

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Make your next Eugene chiropractic appointment today. Spine conditions like thoracic spine hyperkyphosis and lumbar spinal stenosis respond well to chiropractic treatment!

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