ScoliCare at SOSORT 2019 in San Francisco, USA

ScoliCare was proud to be one of the Gold Sponsors of SOSORT 2019 which recently took place in San Francisco, USA.

SOSORT – The International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment – is an international organisation that guides health professionals on the most up to date, evidence-based recommendations in relation to the conservative treatment of idiopathic scoliosis.

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Dr Jeb McAviney presented two ScoliCare research papers at the conference: “The Prevalence of Adult de Novo Scoliosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” and “A Systematic Literature Review of Bracing Treatment for Adults with Scoliosis” and another ScoliCare research paper, “The Reduction of a severe scoliosis using an over-corrective rigid orthosis in an adolescent female.”, was accepted as a poster presentation.

ScoliCare clinicians regularly attend SOSORT meetings, are active members in the organization, and follow the SOSORT guidelines for scoliosis treatment. The latest guidelines were developed in 2016, and are always under revision as new evidence comes to light. According to SOSORT, each treatment approach has specific guidelines relating to the size of a patient’s scoliotic curve and also the maturity of the patient (based on bone age indicators). This means that a patient’s treatment plan should be individualised or their specific situation. Certain scoliosis treatments have not been endorsed by SOSORT because of the lack of substantial evidence that scoliosis can be cured or improved by these treatments. Examples include foot orthotics (when used in isolation), oral supplements (neurotransmitter, mineral or vitamin), jaw bone positioning treatments and many others. These all lack substantial evidence that they can arrest or improve scoliosis.The SOSORT recommendations are always available to refer back to when researching clinics and health professionals. It’s important to also take note of treatments which may be offered by some clinics but are not supported by substantial evidence or research or supported by the SOSORT guidelines.

The diagnosis of scoliosis can be a confusing and overwhelming time for the patient and often their parents too.  Choosing a Scoliosis Clinician who follows SOSORT guidelines and who can explain the evidence (or lack therefore) for available treatments will help ensure the best chance at optimal results.

Information about SOSORT and their guidelines can be found at https://www.sosort.mobi/index.php/en/

If you have more questions about treatment options or research, please call us on 1300 883 884 or email support@scolicare.com