Dr. Ryan Dachowski – CBP® Certified
The doctors of Whole Family Chiropractic serve many different people from their community and each one with very unique needs.
A large portion of their clinic is reserved for the treatment of complex spinal issues such as Scoliosis (increased spinal curvature in the front-to-back view) and Kyphosis (increased curvature or excessive rounding of the mid-back in the side view) using advanced non-surgical Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) structural spinal rehabilitation protocols and functional rehabilitation exercises in conjunction with the Scolibrace Mirror-Image bracing system.
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When considering normal anatomy, the spine in the front-to-back position should be straight from the base of the skull to the tailbone. Scoliosis is a term used to describe a progressive, lateral curvature of the spine when viewed from the front. It can vary in degrees, causes, and symptoms. The most common category of scoliosis is AIS – “adolescent idiopathic scoliosis” and is typically seen in young children. Idiopathic means “of unknown origin”, or put simply there is uncertainty as to the causative factor.
Scoliosis can affect both children and adults. In children it can be a more serious condition because it can rapidly progress as the child grows. As a matter of fact, scoliosis is usually first seen in children between the ages of 11 and 15. However, it can occur in younger children aged 3 to 10 years (juvenile scoliosis) and in babies (infantile scoliosis). Scoliosis can also occur in adults with no previous history, due to spinal degeneration, de-conditioned spinal and soft tissue structures, loss of spinal disc integrity, poor posture, injuries related to a large shear load without adequate rehabilitation, and advancing age which is referred to as Degenerative De Novo scoliosis.
The effects of scoliosis include: poor posture, shoulder humping, muscle weakness, abnormal movement patterns, reduced capacity to work and perform daily activities, and pain. In some cases scoliosis can even lead to significant heart, lung, and digestive problems with general physical impairment and body malformation. Often the potential for progression is a valid clinical concern as it can perpetuate dysfunction in the body. Fortunately new treatments such as the Scoilbrace and intensive structural exercise rehabilitation protocols such as those offered by our doctors, offer these patients new hope.
If scoliosis is detected and treated early, patients can avoid these symptoms in many cases. On the other hand, if left untreated, scoliosis can require surgery in certain circumstances. In surgical cases, the bones of the spine are often fused together and metal rods are inserted to try to straighten the spine. If the correct approach in clinical management of scoliosis is used early enough, then Scolibraces have been proven to be an effective treatment for halting the progression of scoliosis curves and reducing the need for surgery.
Dr. Ryan Dachowski, DC is the only Doctor in Alaska accredited to design, build, and modify Scolibraces for the children and adults in the community who are candidates for this non-surgical scoliosis treatment. He looks forward to helping you and your family members with this condition to determine if you can get effective results