X-rays allow us to measure and quantify the results of scoliosis treatment, and determine if alterations to existing scoliosis treatment protocols are necessary.
If you are seeking chiropractic care for your scoliosis, you should insist upon x-rays that are accurate and scientific; follow-up films should be taken every three months, and always in the exact same positioning. The Impact of Scoliosis
Scoliosis affects a minimum of 4% of the world’s overall population.
The effects of scoliosis include:
- Reduced life expectancy
• Stunted height growth and decreased pulmonary functions
• Headaches, shortness of breath, digestive problems, chronic disease, and hip, knee and leg pain.
If you’ve researched some of the available alternatives, you may have realized the typically suggested mainstream options are either painfully invasive, lacking in results, or both. You may be wondering if the only viable choice is to be a victim of what scoliosis will continue to do to the human body. Do scoliosis sufferers simply need to accept living with the pain and disfigurement that often relentlessly progresses? We want you to know the answer is no.
The “Observation” Phase
Once an individual has been diagnosed with scoliosis, typically no treatment is initially prescribed and no action is immediately taken until the Cobb angle has progressed to 25 degrees. At this point, bracing is typically prescribed. This period, which is often termed “watch & wait,” consists only of regular visits to an orthopedic surgeon, where full-spine x-rays are taken consistently to gauge the progress of the patient’s condition. Surprisingly enough, there are no reported cases of scoliosis being improved by observation alone. In addition, if there ever were a time when a patient could benefit most greatly from chiropractic, therapeutic exercise, or non-surgical intervention, it would undoubtedly be during the mild stages of the disease. In this phase, muscles & tissues of the body have yet to be deformed by months or even years of compensating for the abnormal twisting & bending of the spine. Bracing Once the Cobb angle has progressed to 25 degrees, bracing is typically recommended. Research is often conflicting regarding the true effectiveness of bracing in scoliosis treatment. In certain cases our clinic may recommend the SpineCor brace for scoliosis treatment. The benefits of bracing must be weighed against existing negative side-effects.