Early intervention versus standard of care for mild idiopathic scoliosis: A case-controlled series based on SOSORT criteria evaluating the impact of a scoliosis activity suit
In the present study, a group of adolescent patients diagnosed with mild adolescent idiopathic scoliosis wore a scoliosis activity suit instead of maintaining the recommended observation only strategy. These patients wore the scoliosis activity suit for up to 60 minutes twice daily while performing normal daily activities. These patients were followed through until end of growth. Their end of growth results were compared to a group of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients who only participated in observation. The group who wore the scoliosis activity suit maintained their curve measurements through skeletal maturity, while the observation group saw their curves increase an average of 7 degrees. This study showed that a group of AIS patients were able to prevent their curves from progressing during growth, while those participating in an observation-only strategy saw their curves progress to beyond threshold where rigid brace prescription is recommended. These changes were statistically significant in intergroup comparison, as well as intragroup before and after comparison.
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