Considerations for Eugene Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis isn’t an issue all Eugene parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are affected by scoliosis, Eugene scoliosis is a big consideration. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic shares these new findings about Eugene scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF Eugene SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a usual recommendation for Eugene chiropractic patients. It is important for all Eugene 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 origins of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – recorded that reduced physical ability and activity in those who go on have 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) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic knows Eugene parents will want to keep their kids moving!

Eugene SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis intrigues Eugene scoliosis patients. The spine itself may help predict its respond to Eugene chiropractic treatment. A noticeable 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 profits from spinal mobilization and therapeutic exercise. They both may decelerate the progression of the curve and decrease the previously increased size of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation termed Cox® Flexion Distraction spinal manipulation incorporates spine distraction with mobilization of vertebral segments into their normal ranges of motion. This may allow improved mobility and help in halting curve progression and in decreasing the curvature. (3)

Eugene 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 better 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.

Eugene 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 advance throughout the growth years and cause a surface deformity, It’s usually not symptomatic. However, the risk of health problems and curve progression increases if the final spinal curvature reaches or goes over a certain degree. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more standard interventions to prevent the progression. The main goals of all these interventions are to fix the deformity, stop additional worsening of the curve, and fix the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Additionally, diminishing morbidity and pain and allowing return to full function are also significant. 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 (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)

Eugene SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor measures the curvature angle and sets up a Eugene treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be incorporated in the Eugene chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) on stiffness of the thoracic spine which is the main area of the spine affected by scoliosis. This study found that changes in spinal stiffness with chronic thoracic pain demonstrate association of pain and muscle activity. Spinal stiffness is increased in chronic spine related pain. Improvement of 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 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 Eugene chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Eugene scoliosis is vital to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis and his/her family. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic partners with Eugene scoliosis patients and their families to plan the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
Eugene scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic. 
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