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ABLE Corrective Chiropractic

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Correct Your Curve

Individuals diagnosed with scoliosis often end up feeling powerless and are often presented with treatment options that only focus on preventing further degeneration. In worst-case scenarios, surgery is recommended if the curve is already severe,
or if mild to moderate cases become severe over time.

For scoliosis patients who qualify for corrective chiropractic care at ABLE, adjustments and traction focus on reducing the curvature rather than waiting for it to get worse. Correcting curves through corrective chiropractic methods offers a gentle,
pain-free alternative to surgery for patients suffering from scoliosis.

What is Scoliosis?

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Scoliosis is a progressive, lateral curvature of the spine that can be seen from the front or back; either through x-rays or an exam performed by a trained professional. Scoliosis can lead to pain, poor posture, shoulder humping, and muscle weakness. In rare cases, it can lead to heart and lung problems.

Detection is most common between ages 11 and 15, but Scoliosis can occur as young as the infant stage, affecting both children and adults. The most common type of scoliosis is called "adolescent idiopathic scoliosis," with the term idiopathic meaning "of unknown origin." Research into the cause, however, seems to show that there is often a genetic factor that controls the growth of the spine. 

Scoliosis in children is considered to be a more serious condition because it can progress rapidly as the child grows. However, it can still appear in adults with no previous history as a result of spinal degeneration and advancing age. For any age group, early detection and treatment are pertinent, as it can lead to surgery in serious cases (fusion of the bones and insertion of metal rods to straighten the spine). 

How is Scoliosis Treated?

Most commonly, medical practitioners will rely on bracing - and for the most serious conditions, surgery - as a means to prevent scoliosis from getting worse. "Boston Braces" are used to stabilize the spine for children as they grow and for adults as they age. Surgery is typically recommended for patients who have a curve that is between 40 and 60 degrees and involves fusion of the bones along with the insertion of metal rods to help straighten the spine. 

There are, however, CORRECTIVE approaches in the health care field that will
IMPROVE the curvature of the spine in patients with scoliosis. ABLE Corrective Chiropractic currently uses mirror imaging adjustments and traction to correct curvature of the spine in patients with scoliosis. After x-rays and an evaluation,
Dr. Chung will determine whether or not the curvature can be improved. 

In order to better care for our patients, ABLE Corrective Chiropractic is looking to partner with ScoliCare, a company based in Australia, that designs and produces corrective braces (ScoliBrace) to suit each individual patient. Compared to the stabilizing "Boston Brace," the corrective "ScoliBrace" puts the spine into a mirror-image position in order to correct the curve as much as possible. With this program added to our treatment options, we will be able to decrease the amount of time needed to correct spines in patients who have scoliosis. 

To learn more about the Scolicare program, visit: 
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Stress X-Rays for Scoliosis Patients

For all patients with scoliosis, we take stress x-rays to determine whether or not the spine is correctable. While patients lay on a Scoli-roll that pushes against the peak of the curve, x-rays are taken to see if the spine moves. If the spine straightens during the stress test (as in the displayed images below), then the patient's scoliosis can be corrected through traction and adjustments.
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