Considerations for West Des Moines Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis is not a condition all West Des Moines parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are affected by scoliosis, West Des Moines scoliosis is a big matter. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa shares these new findings about West Des Moines scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF West Des Moines SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a common recommendation for West Des Moines chiropractic patients. It is important for all West Des Moines 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 understood about the causes of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – verified that decreased 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) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa knows West Des Moines parents will want to keep their kids active!

West Des Moines SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis intrigues West Des Moines scoliosis patients. The spine holds some clues as to just how it will respond to West Des Moines 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 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 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 stopping curve progression and in reducing the curvature. (3)

West Des Moines 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 improve 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.

West Des Moines 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 during the growth years and produce a significant deformity, It’s usually not symptomatic. However, the risk of health problems and curve progression increases if the final spinal curvature reaches or exceeds a certain point. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more standard interventions to stop the progression. The central goals of all types of interventions are to correct the deformity, stop additional worsening of the curve, and bring back the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, diminishing morbidity and pain and permitting return to normal function are also significant. Surgery is normally 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 say one is better. (5)

West Des Moines SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor measures the curvature angle and establishes a West Des Moines treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be included in the West Des Moines chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) on stiffness of the thoracic spine which is the primary area of the spine changed by scoliosis. This study documented 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 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 West Des Moines chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for West Des Moines scoliosis is important to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis as well as his/her family. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa teams up with West Des Moines scoliosis patients and their families to plan the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
West Des Moines scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa. 
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