A Good Alternative for Adolescent Scoliosis

A new trial, led by Anastasios Charalampidis, MD, PhD, with the Department of Clinical Science, used self-managed physical activity combined with either nighttime bracing for 8 hours or scoliosis-specific exercise to prevent Cobb angle progression in moderate-grade AIS. This trial found that night bracing was more effective than self-managed physical activity or scoliosis-specific exercise alone, showing a treatment success rate of 76% with night bracing. However, adverse events were reported among patients in the night-bracing group. The study reaffirmed the basis of scoliosis treatment as bracing and not a specific exercise therapy, and emphasized the importance of the number of hours worn for treatment success.

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