In both children and adults, spinal curvature deformities are serious medical conditions caused by a range of genetic or lifestyle factors. When working with patients experiencing a spinal curvature disorder, it’s important to stop the progression of the deformity, to restore the patient’s quality of life and improve their overall health outlook.
As a chiropractor and holistic healthcare practitioner, it’s important to know what tools you have at your disposal to improve patients’ healthcare outcomes and stop the progression of their spinal deformity. Ideal Spine encourages a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, to ensure each individual case of curvature deformation gets the precision attention it demands to facilitate correction.
Qualifying curvature deformities
There are three primary types of spinal curvature deformities: scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis.
- Scoliosis, which indicates a side-to-side curvature of the spine, commonly impacts adolescent patients. Scoliosis also manifests in adults.
- Kyphosis indicates a forward rounding of the spine, and most commonly affects elderly patients. If a patient complains that they’re having trouble standing up straight, kyphosis is likely the culprit.
- Lordosis, meanwhile, indicates that the spine is curving inward at the lower back. Less common than other curvature-related conditions, lordosis is a serious condition in its own right.
The first step toward treating a suspected spinal deformity is identifying and diagnosing the source of the spinal curvature.
Diagnosing and identifying spinal curvature
There are a range of symptoms patients may report that could indicate spinal curvature deformities. For instance, sciatica, or a shooting pain up and down the leg, is a common indicator of scoliosis. Discomfort while walking, visual curvature of the spine, or numbness in the legs and feet can also indicate curvature-related issues.
Diagnosis of spinal curvature deformities is typically achieved using a series of imaging scans, including magnetic imaging, computerized tomography (CT) scans, and X-rays. Using the images created from these scans, coupled with patient-reported data and visual observations, healthcare practitioners can make an accurate and informed diagnosis of the nature of the spinal curvature disorder a patient is suffering from.
Treating spinal curvature deformities
Once the spinal curvature deformity is accurately and correctly identified, chiropractors can began developing a treatment plan.
One of the most significant steps toward treatment that spinal curvature patients can take is lifestyle oriented. For instance, improving posture, changing sleeping habits, and engaging in targeted exercise can help slow the progression of spinal curvature deformities.
Physical therapy is a common treatment chiropractors can use to stop the progression of spinal curvature deformities. Prescribing regular, routine physical therapy appointments can help retain range of motion. Manual manipulation is another significant treatment methodology.
Osteoporosis is commonly associated with spinal curvature. Prescribing medication and lifestyle changes to increase or retain bone density can also stop the progression of the deformities. Bracing is another way chiropractors and other healthcare experts can manage sub-optimal spinal curvature.
Taking a holistic approach to correction
Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a holistic healthcare methodology allowing chiropractors and healthcare providers to continue innovating their patient care and improving overall health outcomes. For patients with spinal curvature deformations, CBP offers an individualized outlook for betterment that can be measured and assessed.
To learn more about the latest advances in spinal curvature treatment methodologies, visit the next Chiropractic BioPhysics seminar near you.
Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.