Considerations for Baton Rouge Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis isn’t an issue all Baton Rouge parents, families or persons have to consider. For those whose lives or loved ones’ lives are affected by scoliosis, Baton Rouge scoliosis is a big matter. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation shares these new findings about Baton Rouge scoliosis development and treatment of scoliosis.

CAUSES OF Baton Rouge SCOLIOSIS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUTH

Being physically active is a customary recommendation for Baton Rouge chiropractic patients. It is important for all Baton Rouge kids and especially for kids at risk for scoliosis. Recent research on the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of spinal scoliosis - though little is understood about the origins 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) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation knows Baton Rouge parents will want to keep their kids active!

Baton Rouge SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: OUTCOME PREDICTION

Beyond understanding the development of scoliosis, treatment of scoliosis intrigues Baton Rouge scoliosis patients. The spine holds some clues as to just how it will respond to Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment. A noticeable 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 decrease the already increased magnitude of the curve. A form of spinal manipulation called Cox® Flexion Distraction spinal manipulation involves spine distraction with mobilization of vertebral segments into their normal ranges of motion. This may allow increased mobility and assist in halting curve progression and in decreasing the curvature. (3)

Baton Rouge 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.

Baton Rouge 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 progress throughout the growth years and produce a significant deformity, It’s usually not symptomatic. Nevertheless, the risk of health problems and curve progression rises if the final spinal curvature reaches or goes over a certain degree. Scoliosis-specific exercises, bracing, and surgery are more typical interventions to stop the progression. The central goals of all these interventions are to fix the deformity, stop additional deterioration of the curve, and bring back the spine’s asymmetry and balance. Further, minimizing morbidity and pain and permitting return to normal function are also significant. Surgery is usually 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 not many 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 more than 45 degrees to show that one is superior. (5)

Baton Rouge SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT: CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic medicine can be first line care for AIS. The chiropractor measures the curvature angle and establishes a Baton Rouge treatment plan that can incorporate spinal manipulation, specialized exercises, postural control, and bracing. If required, interdisciplinary care will be included in the Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan. Concerning chiropractic Cox® Technic spinal manipulation, consider the study (6) on stiffness of the thoracic spine which is the main area of the spine affected by scoliosis. This study documented that changes in spinal stiffness with chronic thoracic pain demonstrate correlation with pain and muscle activity. Spinal stiffness is increased in chronic spine related pain. Increased 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 assists in keeping an active woman who has scoliosis active.

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

 
Baton Rouge scoliosis patients find gentle chiropractic care for their spines at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation. 
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