European Spine Journal

, Volume 22, Supplement 6, pp 815–822 | Cite as

Chêneau brace for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: long-term results. Can it prevent surgery?

  • S. De Giorgi
  • A. Piazzolla
  • S. Tafuri
  • C. Borracci
  • A. Martucci
  • G. De Giorgi
Original Article



The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Chêneau brace in the management of idiopathic scoliosis.


This is a retrospective observational study according to SOSORT and SRS (Scoliosis Research Society) recommendations involving 48 girls with documented progressive idiopathic scoliosis, treated with Chêneau brace. A statistical analysis was performed with STATA MP11.2 to validate the obtained results.


No patient needed surgery. The average curve angle measured in Cobb degrees passed from 27° ± 6.7° at the beginning (T0), to 7.6° ± 7.4° in brace (T1) (72 % of correction), to 8.5° ± 8.6° (69 % of correction) at the end of treatment (T2), to 11.0° ± 7.4° (59.3 % of correction) at final follow-up (mean 5 years and 5 months) (T3).


Conservative treatment with Chêneau brace and physiotherapy was effective in our hands for halting scoliosis progression in 100 % of patients.


Chêneau brace Idiopathic scoliosis Conservative treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. De Giorgi
    • 1
  • A. Piazzolla
    • 1
  • S. Tafuri
    • 2
  • C. Borracci
    • 1
  • A. Martucci
    • 1
  • G. De Giorgi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Basic Medical Science, Neurosciences and Sensory OrgansUniversity of BariBariItaly
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical Science and Human OncologyUniversity of BariBariItaly

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