Considerations for Oxford Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis is not a condition all Oxford parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are concerned with scoliosis, Oxford scoliosis is a big matter. Satterwhite Chiropractic presents these new findings about Oxford scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF Oxford SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a usual recommendation for Oxford chiropractic patients. It’s important for all Oxford 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 known about the causes of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – recorded that reduced 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) Satterwhite Chiropractic knows Oxford parents will want to keep their kids moving!

Oxford SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis intrigues Oxford scoliosis patients. The spine itself may help predict its respond to Oxford chiropractic treatment. A noticeable 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 decelerate the progression of the curve and decrease the already increased degree of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation called 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 assist in halting curve progression and in decreasing the curvature. (3)

Oxford SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SPINAL MOBILIZATION

A recent study presented support for spinal mobilization of scoliosis spines. Researchers found 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 and the physical fitness status of the scoliosis patient. (4) Again, Cox® flexion distraction manipulation stretches the basic anatomical posture of scoliosis.

Oxford 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 lacking. While AIS can develop throughout the growth years and produce a significant deformity, It’s 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 standard interventions to stop the progression. The main aims of all these interventions are to correct the deformity, stop additional worsening of the curve, and restore the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Additionally, diminishing morbidity and pain and allowing return to normal 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) favorable surgical treatment outcomes but few long-term outcomes (over 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 more than 45 degrees to show that one is better. (5)

Oxford SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor measures the curvature angle and establishes a Oxford treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be incorporated in the Oxford 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 changed by scoliosis. This study found that changes in spinal stiffness with chronic thoracic pain show 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 assists in keeping an active woman who has scoliosis active.

Schedule your Oxford chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Oxford scoliosis is key to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis and his/her family. Satterwhite Chiropractic partners with Oxford scoliosis patients and their families to plan the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
Oxford scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Satterwhite Chiropractic. 
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