Objective: To report thoracolumbar scoliosis improvement in an 11-year-old female receiving diversified adjustments and gravity assisted traction.
Clinical Features: The patient was an 11-year-old female with a scoliosis that was undetected at a routine school screening. Objective findings indicated vertebral subluxation and scoliotic curvature through palpation, leg length inequality, thermal scans, and radiographs. She had a 22 degree thoracolumbar curvature obtained using the Cobb method and positive orthopedic tests.
Intervention and outcomes: She was treated with diversified chiropractic adjustments and gravity assisted traction on a weekly basis to total 31 visits over a three month period. Subsequent thermal scans reveal a decrease in paraspinal skin temperature and follow-up radiographs revealed a three degree reduction in the Cobb measurement.
Conclusions: A case of an 11-year-old female with scoliosis is presented. After 31 visits, a Cobb angle reduction of three degrees was achieved. Further investigation into the relationship between chiropractic adjustments and traction procedures is warranted. A long-term follow-up with the presenting patient is also desirable.
Author Keywords: Scoliosis, Chiropractic, Posture, Cobb angle, Traction, Diversified
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