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Clin Pract. 2017 Jan 12;7(1):911. doi: 10.4081/cp.2017.911. eCollection 2017 Jan 11.

Chiropractic Rehabilitation for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: End-of-Growth and Skeletal Maturity Results.

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Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Center , Grand Blanc, MI.
Posture & Spine Care Center , Green Bay, WI.
Lancaster Spinal Health Center , Lititz, PA.
Esprit Wellness , New York, NY, USA.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the radiographic outcomes obtained in a sample of patients treated with a chiropractic scoliosis-specific exercise program for patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Patients were treated and subsequently followed through skeletal maturity, and their results were reported in accordance with the SOSORT Consensus Guidelines. A total of 60 patient charts were consecutively selected when they met inclusion criteria. Cobb angle measurements and Risser staging were collected on all images. Using SOSORT criteria, 51.7% of patients achieved curve correction and 38.3% achieved stabilization. In the curve correction group, average total correction was 12.75°. A small number of sampled patients' curves progressed, with a 13% failure rate based upon patients who dropped out before skeletal maturity combined with those who had progressed at skeletal maturity. Future studies are needed to corroborate these observations.


Chiropractic; rehabilitation; scoliosis; spine

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