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Considerations for Largo Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis isn’t a condition all Largo parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are affected by scoliosis, Largo scoliosis is a big consideration. Hollstrom & Associates Inc shares these new findings about Largo scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF Largo SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a usual recommendation for Largo chiropractic patients. It’s important for all Largo kids and especially for kids at risk for scoliosis. New research on the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of spinal scoliosis - though little is known about the causes of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – documented 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) Hollstrom & Associates Inc knows Largo parents will want to keep their kids moving!

Largo SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis interests Largo scoliosis patients. The spine holds some clues as to just how it will respond to Largo 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 profits from spinal mobilization and therapeutic exercise. They both may decelerate the progression of the curve and reduce the already increased degree 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 increased mobility and help in halting curve progression and in decreasing the curvature. (3)

Largo 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.

Largo 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 significant deformity, It’s typically not symptomatic. Nevertheless, the risk of health problems and curve progression rises if the final spinal curvature get to or exceeds a certain degree. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more standard interventions to stop the progression. The central aims of all types of interventions are to revise the deformity, prevent additional worsening of the curve, and fix the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, diminishing morbidity and pain and allowing return to full function are also important. Surgery is usually suggested for curvatures exceeding 40 to 50 degrees to stop the curvature. There are many reports of short-term (few months) favorable surgical treatment outcomes but not many 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)

Largo SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor determines the curvature angle and establishes a Largo treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be incorporated in the Largo 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 changed by scoliosis. This study found that changes in spinal stiffness with chronic thoracic pain demonstrate correlation with 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 told by Dr. Roberto Branca, an Italian chiropractor using Cox® Technic, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He discusses how he helps keep an active woman who has scoliosis active.

Schedule your Largo chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Largo scoliosis is important to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis and his/her family. Hollstrom & Associates Inc teams up with Largo scoliosis patients and their families to find the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
Largo scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Hollstrom & Associates Inc. 
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