July 28, 2015

Scoliosis in young people is often disconcerting for its young patient, parent and Richmond chiropractic physician. Johnson Chiropractic consults with Richmond young people and their families about scoliosis, its current state as well as its potential progress and monitoring. Johnson Chiropractic sees its role as that of member of the Richmond scoliosis healthcare team.

picture of scoliosis
Now in discussing scoliosis in young people, it is often referred to as idiopathic as no one cause has been identified for the spinal curvature. (1) 80% of scoliosis cases are idiopathic in adolescents, so it's often called "adolescent idiopathic scoliosis". Neurological dysfunction is one factor under consideration as a cause as researchers note that an increase in body sway follows sensory manipulation. So they wonder: could sensory processing impairment cause such curvature? (1) That’s an interesting concept for your Richmond chiropractor to keep in mind.

Another point of interest is the new report that suggests a way to predict the progression of spinal scoliosis. Johnson Chiropractic appreciates this revelation as it is a way to alert your Richmond chiropractic physician to signs that indicate more treatment is necessary. It’s also a comfort to the young scoliotic patient and his or her family! So what is this system? It is called the Sanders Skeletal Maturity Staging System. It’s based on the progressive growth and subsequent fusion of epiphyses of small long bones of hand. Remarkable! It identifies 8 stages of progression from “juvenile slow” to “mature.” (2) If you like, ask for more details at your next Richmond chiropractic visit.

As for chiropractic care of pediatric conditions like scoliosis, one review shares that patients and parents responded favorably to spinal manipulation. (3) That’s what Johnson Chiropractic offers!

So contact Johnson Chiropractic today to discuss your or your loved one’s case of idiopathic scoliosis knowing that Johnson Chiropractic can monitor scoliosis progression for signs that require more care may be needed and treat with spinal manipulation to maintain mobility and strength in the spine as (or if) it develops.