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Curve Improvement In A Patient With Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Following Chiropractic Care

Curve Improvement In A Patient With Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Following Chiropractic Care

November 10, 2012

Dr. David Zak

A recent article in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health reported on a case report that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on an 11- year-old female with thoracolumbar scoliosis.  

An 11-year-old female was presented for chiropractic consultation by her mother who was concerned about postural abnormalities that she had noticed, even though the child had been checked during a routine school screening which revealed no indication of scoliosis.  The child also indicated discomfort in the left trapezius muscle which extended down to the lower border of the shoulder blade over to the spine.
The patient reported being thrown from a horse twice, and in addition was involved in an auto accident at age 7, with no known residual injuries.

To date, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS), which accounts for approximately 80% of the reported cases, is the most common orthopedic deformity affecting children.  In this case, objective findings indicated vertebral subluxation and scoliotic curvature through palpation, leg length inequality, thermal scans and radiographs.  She had a 22 degree thoracolumbar curvature.

She was treated with diversified chiropractic adjustments and gravity assisted traction on a weekly basis, and this took place over a three month period for 31 total visits.  Subsequent thermal scans revealed a decrease in paraspinal skin temperature and follow-up radiographs revealed a three degree reduction in the scoliosis.  This change took place over a three month period.  Imagine what could happen with continued care.

  This case report highlights the possible effectiveness of reducing scoliosis with chiropractic adjustments.  There is extensive research being conducted within the chiropractic profession to further understand how chiropractic care can help patients dealing with scoliosis.

Dr. David Zak has a chiropractic office in downtown Lees Summit at 208 S.E. 3rd Street.

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