Changes in radiographic parameters following chiropractic treatment in 10 patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A retrospective chart review

  • Eric Chun Pu Chu | eric@nymg.com.hk New York Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre, Mongkok, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0893-556X
  • Diya Midhun Chakkaravarthy Lincoln University College, Jalan Kota Bharu-Pengkalan Kubor, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia.
  • Kevin Hsu Kai Huang New York Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre, Mongkok, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Vicky Wei Kye Ho New York Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre, Mongkok, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Fa-Sain Lo New York Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre, Mongkok, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Amiya Bhaumik Lincoln University College, Jalan Kota Bharu-Pengkalan Kubor, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia.

Abstract

This retrospective chart review was undertaken to investigate the role of chiropractic intervention for patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Ten cases of patients with AIS, mean age 13.3 years, undergoing chiropractic adjustment were retrospectively evaluated. Chart review was performed to extract age, medical history and treatment intervention. The magnitude of scoliosis was quantified using the Cobb method on standing radiographs. A comparison of the measurements from pre- and post-treatment radiographs revealed that Cobb angle reduced from average 29.7° down to average 23.4° (average 21.2% correction). Improvements in spinal morphologies were observed in most curves (64%, n=9/14) and curve stabilization in the rest (36%, n=5/14). A better correction was obtained in cases of mild and moderate AIS. In terms of stabilizing progression (≤5o curve progression) or correcting curvatures (≥6° reduction), radiological changes were observed in all patients.

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2020-09-04
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Keywords:
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, chiropractic treatment, Cobb angle, curve correction.
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Pu Chu, E. C., Chakkaravarthy, D. M., Huang, K. H. K., Ho, V. W. K., Lo, F.-S., & Bhaumik, A. (2020). Changes in radiographic parameters following chiropractic treatment in 10 patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A retrospective chart review. Clinics and Practice, 10(3). https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2020.1258