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Considerations for St. Francisville Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis is not an issue all St. Francisville parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are concerned with scoliosis, St. Francisville scoliosis is a big matter. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville presents these new findings about St. Francisville scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.


Being physically active is a usual recommendation for St. Francisville chiropractic patients. It’s important for all St. Francisville 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 causes 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) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville knows St. Francisville parents will want to keep their kids moving!


Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis intrigues St. Francisville scoliosis patients. The spine holds some clues as to just how it will respond to St. Francisville chiropractic treatment. A significant 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 profits from spinal mobilization and therapeutic exercise. They both may slow the progression of the curve and decrease the previously increased size 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 aid in halting curve progression and in decreasing the curvature. (3)


A new study reported 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 better 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.


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 produce a significant deformity, It’s typically not symptomatic. Nevertheless, the risk of health problems and curve progression increases if the final spinal curvature reaches or goes over a certain point. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more typical interventions to prevent the progression. The key aims of all types of interventions are to revise the deformity, prevent additional worsening of the curve, and bring back the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, minimizing morbidity and pain and allowing return to full function are also significant. Surgery is normally suggested for curvatures exceeding 40 to 50 degrees to stop the curvature. There are several reports of short-term (few months) promising 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 greater than 45 degrees to show that one is better. (5)


Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor measures the curvature angle and sets up a St. Francisville treatment plan that can include spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If needed, interdisciplinary care will be incorporated in the St. Francisville chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) about 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. Improvement of spine motion is a aim 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 St. Francisville chiropractic visit. Considering all the treatments available for St. Francisville scoliosis is key to the adolescent or adult with scoliosis and his/her family. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville teams up with St. Francisville scoliosis patients and their families to discover the right path for spinal mobility, strength, and health.

St. Francisville scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville. 
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