Considerations for Vancouver Scoliosis Patients

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

CAUSES OF Vancouver SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a customary recommendation for Vancouver chiropractic patients. It’s important for all Vancouver 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) – verified that reduced 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) Vancouver Spine Care Centre knows Vancouver parents will want to keep their kids active!

Vancouver SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis interests Vancouver scoliosis patients. The spine holds some clues as to just how it will respond to Vancouver chiropractic treatment. A significant tilting of the L3 and L4 vertebrae at skeletal maturity, specifically one greater than 16°, predicts 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 decelerate the progression of the curve and reduce the already increased size of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation referred to as 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 decreasing the curvature. (3)

Vancouver 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 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.

Vancouver 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 typically not symptomatic. However, the risk of health problems and curve progression rises if the final spinal curvature reaches or goes over a certain degree. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more typical interventions to prevent the progression. The key goals of all these interventions are to correct the deformity, prevent further worsening of the curve, and restore the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, diminishing morbidity and pain and allowing return to full function are also significant. Surgery is usually recommended for curvatures exceeding 40 to 50 degrees to stop the curvature. There are several reports of short-term (few months) favorable surgical treatment outcomes but not many 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 say one is superior. (5)

Vancouver SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor determines the curvature angle and sets up a Vancouver treatment plan that can incorporate spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If required, interdisciplinary care will be incorporated in the Vancouver chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) regarding 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. Improvement of spine motion is a part 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 Vancouver chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Vancouver scoliosis is vital to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis as well as his/her family. Vancouver Spine Care Centre partners with Vancouver scoliosis patients and their families to discover the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
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