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best available evidenced research
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85% of all cases of scoliosis are idiopathic (i.e. of no clear underlying cause

  • ‘Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Screening, Treatment and Referral’
    Gutknecht S, Lonstein J & Novacheck T 2009, A Pediatric Perspective, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 1-6.

The prevalence in the at-risk population (children 10 to 15 years of age) is estimated at 2 to 3%

  • ‘Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Screening, Treatment and Referral’
    Gutknecht S, Lonstein J & Novacheck T 2009, A Pediatric Perspective, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 1-6.

Prevalence increases rapidly from 11 to 14 years of age

Early detection delivers more favourable prognoses

Early detection through screening leading to bracing and fewer surgeries may save costs

Specialised scoliosis bracing when prescribed for high-risk patients, can prevent the need for surgery in most cases

Patients who wear scoliosis braces get better results the longer they wear the brace each day

The BMI of a child may impact the bracing success for those with AIS

Bracing may be effective in slowing down the rate of progression in adult scoliosis.

Conservative treatment with a brace is highly effective in treating juvenile idiopathic scoliosis, with most patients reaching a complete curve correction

Nighttime braces constitute an attractive option for single-major lumbar/thoracolumbar curves not exceeding 35 degrees in magnitude.

Early intervention and bracing in patients with Cerebral Palsy can be an effective treatment

The diagnosis and treatment of idiopathic adolescent scoliosis can have significant psychological consequences for affected individuals

SEAS is an evidence based, documented approach applied in the various phases of scoliosis treatment which can help reduce Cobb angle progression and the need to wear a brace 

When specialised scoliosis physiotherapy (SEAS) has been used in conjunction with bracing it has improved the results of hard bracing

Scoliosis-Specific exercises can reduce the progression of severe curves in adult idiopathic scoliosis

Research indicates that seven out of ten children with this condition will worsen and require active treatment. Juvenile curves almost never resolve spontaneously.

That spinal pain is in fact a prevalent condition in AIS patients, further supporting the need for early detection and screening to minimise potential pain and suffering

  • Back Pain and Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Descriptive, Correlation Study
    Theroux Jean, Le May Sylvie, Labelle Hubert [University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Murdoch University, Perth, WA, Australia], Spine Society of Australia 27th Annual Scientific Meeting (8-10 April 2016)

Part-time bracing significantly reduces progression of curvatures and improves quality of life

  • Effects of Bracing in Adult With Scoliosis: A Retrospective Study
    Clémence Palazzo, Jean-Paul Montigny, Frédéric Barbot, Bernard Bussel, Isabelle Vaugier, Didier Fort, Isabelle Courtois, Catherine Marty-Poumarat, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Published June 22, 2016, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2016.05.019

Part-time bracing in adult scoliosis cases can improve chronic pain

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