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Considerations for Brooks Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis is not a condition all Brooks parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are concerned with scoliosis, Brooks scoliosis is a big matter. Soft Health and Healing Clinic shares these new findings about Brooks scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF Brooks SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a usual recommendation for Brooks chiropractic patients. It is important for all Brooks 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 known about the origins of adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) – documented that decreased physical ability and activity in those who go on have 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows Brooks parents will want to keep their kids moving!

Brooks SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis interests Brooks scoliosis patients. The spine holds some clues as to just how it will respond to Brooks chiropractic treatment. A noticeable tilting of the L3 and L4 vertebrae at skeletal maturity, specifically one greater than 16°, foretells 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 slow 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 involves spine distraction with mobilization of vertebral segments into their normal ranges of motion. This may allow improved mobility and help in halting curve progression and in reducing the curvature. (3)

Brooks SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SPINAL MOBILIZATION

A new study reported 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.

Brooks SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: SURGICAL VS NON-SURGICAL

Clear evidence of the clinical expectations and outcomes of non-surgical and surgical care for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is lacking. While AIS can advance during the growth years and cause a surface deformity, It’s typically not symptomatic. However, the risk of health problems and curve progression increases if the final spinal curvature get to or exceeds a certain degree. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more typical interventions to stop the progression. The main aims of all types of interventions are to correct the deformity, stop further worsening of the curve, and bring back the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, diminishing morbidity and pain and permitting return to full function are also significant. Surgery is normally recommended for curvatures over 40 to 50 degrees to stop the curvature. There are many reports of short-term (few months) favorable surgical treatment outcomes but few long-term outcomes (more than 20 years). For those with curves over 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 greater than 45 degrees to say one is superior. (5)

Brooks SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor determines the curvature angle and sets up a Brooks treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If required, interdisciplinary care will be incorporated in the Brooks 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 affected by scoliosis. This study found 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. 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 helps keep an active woman who has scoliosis active.

Schedule your Brooks chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for Brooks scoliosis is key to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis as well as his/her family. Soft Health and Healing Clinic teams up with Brooks scoliosis patients and their families to plan the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

 
Brooks scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Soft Health and Healing Clinic. 
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