Considerations for Williamson Scoliosis Patients

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

CAUSES OF Williamson SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a common recommendation for Williamson chiropractic patients. It’s important for all Williamson kids and especially for kids at risk for scoliosis. New research on the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of spinal scoliosis - though not very much is understood about the origins of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – verified that decreased physical ability and activity in those who go on have 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) Apple Country Chiropractic knows Williamson parents will want to keep their kids moving!

Williamson SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis interests Williamson scoliosis patients. The spine holds some clues as to just how it will respond to Williamson 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 slow the progression of the curve and reduce the previously increased magnitude of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation called Cox® Flexion Distraction spinal manipulation involves spine distraction with mobilization of vertebral segments through their normal ranges of motion. This may allow increased mobility and assist in stopping curve progression and in reducing the curvature. (3)

Williamson 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.

Williamson 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 lacking. While AIS can progress throughout the growth years and cause a significant deformity, it is usually not symptomatic. However, the risk of health problems and curve progression rises if the final spinal curvature get to or goes over a certain point. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more standard interventions to stop the progression. The main goals of all these interventions are to correct the deformity, prevent additional worsening of the curve, and restore the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Additionally, reducing morbidity and pain and allowing return to full 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 (more than 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 superior. (5)

Williamson SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor measures the curvature angle and sets up a Williamson treatment plan that can incorporate spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be included in the Williamson chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) regarding 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 show correlation with pain and muscle activity. Spinal stiffness is intensified in chronic spine related pain. Increased 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 discusses how he assists in keeping an active woman who has scoliosis active.

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

 
Williamson scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Apple Country Chiropractic. 
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