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Posted on 01-26-2017
All too often I hear from a mom or dad "my child's pediatrician says they have a little curve and it's not that big of a deal. They want to watch and wait to see what happens".
I say "YIKES" because all Medical Doctors and Doctors of Chiropractic have the same extensive anatomy and physiology training. We were all taught how important and intricate our spine is; yet somewhere along the line the importance of a healthy and appropriately functioning spine becomes lost. The replacement is a reliance upon pain/symptoms, or even the lack thereof. If no pain, then NBD - No Big Deal. If your spine is in the wrong position but nothing hurts...then everything is probably ok so we will just watch and see what happens.
Please keep in mind, you can totally replace your heart with someone else's gift, live with only one kidney, and have various other body parts modified or removed. Your spine, however, cannot be removed like the heart or other organs...there are no spine transplants.
When it comes to the spine there are only two options: let it get sicker (watch and wait - W & W) or get it healthier. The former option involves modification through expensive and uncomfortable surgeries or procedures. The later involves taking action by fixing any problem before it gets out of hand and then keeping it healthy. Taking action centers around the appropriate chiropractic care, which is always cost effective and comfortable.
Watching and waiting, when it comes to an organ that is irreplaceable, seems a dangers proposition. Over time, even a "small" curve, with no symptoms can lead to undue wear and tear, making life more difficult as we age. [If you haven't figured out by now, this is what the title was hinting at ;) ;) ]
We must also understand almost all the neural circuitry leaving our brain must pass through and, at some point, exit our highly functional spinal column. If that highly functional spinal column is in the wrong position, not working correctly, and SUBLUXATED, over time it will wreak havoc on the delicate nervous system. Another YIKES! (more on this in another post)
So, when a parent or caregiver tells me that their child's doctor has said the dreaded "NBD", and "let's W & W", it does concern me. At this point, I hope you have had a YIKES! moment and have decided to take action for your loved one by getting them under chiropractic care.
If you like to read the nerdy stuff, below you'll find an article that I have shared from a chiropractic news letter I receive, from Dr. Bobby Braile, regarding chiropractic and scoliosis.
Please take care to understand this is not a blanket statement, and chiropractic is not a cure. Chiropractic care is an option that everyone should consider for increasing their health.
If you would like Chiropractic care for your family then please call 585.334.7555 and talk to Dr. Joe Manza DC, CACCP.
A study published on December 12, 2016, in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health showed that chiropractic care had a positive affect for the correction of Idiopathic Scoliosis. According to this study, "Scoliosis is commonly defined as a lateral curvature of the spine greater than 10 degrees. "
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is estimated to occur in 2-3% of children between the ages of 10 and 16.2 years of age. The U.S. National Institutes of Health website describe this condition by saying, "Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that appears in late childhood or adolescence. Instead of growing straight, the spine develops a side-to-side curvature, usually in an elongated "S" or "C" shape; the bones of the spine are also slightly twisted or rotated. "
In this retrospective case series, 36 subjects were included. To be included in the study, patients had to have been 18 years of age or younger and have been under chiropractic care in the past 5 years. All patients included must have had a scoliosis of at least 11 degrees that was measured by x-ray, and each of those must have had a follow-up lumbar x-ray after at least two weeks of chiropractic care.
Using the above criteria, 14 eligible patients were found aged 7-16 with initial scoliosis ranging from 11 to 27 degrees. Additionally, there were 22 subjects within the ages of 2-17 who were considered to be a sub-scoliotic group because they had curvatures between 7 and 10 degrees.
All participants in both groups received specific chiropractic adjustments to restore proper spinal structure and motion by correction of vertebral subluxations. The results of the care based upon examinations and post x-rays was charted in spreadsheets and analyzed.
In the group with a scoliosis of 11 degrees or greater, the average subject age at pre X-ray was 10.77 years old. The results showed that the average number of adjustments given prior to the post X-ray was 5.75. The average time between pre and post X-rays was 39.43 days. As a result of the chiropractic care, the average percent of scoliosis improvement in this group was 25.96%. Additionally, 9 of 14 patients showed improvement, two showed no change, and three patients’ curvatures were worse.
In the sub-scoliosis group with curvature less than 11 degrees, the average age at pre X-ray was 8.91 years old. The average number of adjustments given prior to the post X-ray was 6.41, and the average time between pre- and post-adjustment X-ray was 141.32 days. In this group, 18 of 22 patients showed improvement with the average improvement being 51.84%. One of the patients showed no change, two were worse, and six of those in this group showed 100% improvement over the course of their care.
In their conclusion, the study authors summed up the results by stating, "This study demonstrates a group trend towards structural change within the scoliosis group of 25.96% over an average of 4.75 specific spinal adjustments. An even greater trend towards correction of 51.84% over an average of 6.41 adjustments was found in the sub-scoliosis group who started care with curvatures of 7-10 degrees. Six subjects in this group experienced 100% correction at their first re-examination X-ray."
Oh, and if your course is off by 5 degrees from NYC to London, you'll end up in Winchester England.
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