Scoliosis

Correction of juvenile idiopathic scoliosis after primary upper cervical care: a case study. Eriksen K. Chiropr Res J, 1996; 3(3):25-33

This is the case of a nine year old boy with juvenile idiopathic scoliosis and intermittent back pain. He had fractured his clavicle one month previous to his initial visit, had complained of pains in his right foot and had been involved in a motor vehicle accident two years prior.

The child was currently under the care of a medical orthopedist that was monitoring his scoliosis. X-ray analysis measured a right rotatory thoracic scoliosis of 17 ° and a left lumbar rotatory scoliosis of 12.5 °. Grostic upper cervical adjusting was performed with 5 adjustments performed in a little over 5 months.

By that time X-rays were taken again and revealed that the thoracic curve was reduced to 0 ° and the lumbar curve reduced to 3 °.

Manipulation for the control of back pain and curve progression in patients with skeletally mature idiopathic scoliosis: two cases. Tarola GA. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1994;17:253-257.

This paper reports on two patients suffering from lumbar scoliosis and chronic back pain. The author writes that “no attempt was made to straighten the spine” and, along with adjustments, gentle manual intersegmental mobilization stretching and muscle massage techniques were also applied. In both cases back pain was ameliorated and apparently prevented while curve progression appeared to be retarded.

Anatomical leg length inequality, scoliosis and lordotic curve in unselected clinic patients. Specht DL, DeBoer KF. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1991;14:368-375.

The results of this study indicate that while there is no strong correlation between any one of the particular postural adaptations to anatomic leg length deficiency (short leg)…at least one abnormal spinal adaptation (i.e. scoliosis) occurs in over half of subjects who have a leg length inequality of greater than 6 mm.

Adult idiopathic scoliosis—a review and case study. Arthur B, Nykoliation J, Cassidy J. Eur J Chiropr. 1986;34:46-53.
The three cases mentioned in this paper deal with chiropractic management of back pain in adults with moderate or severe idiopathic scoliosis.

Clinical report: reduction of minor lumbar scoliosis in a 57 year old female. Mawhiney R. J Chiropr Res. 1989;

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