Letter to the Editor concerning: “Active self-correction and task-oriented exercises reduce spinal deformity and improve quality of life in subjects with mild adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Results of a randomised controlled trial” by Monticone M, Ambrosini E, Cazzaniga D, Rocca B, Ferrante S (2014). Eur Spine J; DOI:10.1007/s00586-014-3241-y
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We would like to compliment the authors for their work , which is a milestone in research on the exercise-based approach for Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS). We have two specific questions, and some general comments from the perspective of the international Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT).
Since 2004, SOSORT has been working to verify the efficacy of various conservative non-surgical approaches (mainly bracing and exercises) [2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. Systematic reviews have been published stating the efficacy of the exercise approach , while others raised criticisms . Recently, a Cochrane review was published [9, 10] based on only two papers with study designs of sufficient quality to meet the strong methodological requirements of the Cochrane Institute . One paper was a very low quality Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) , favoring exercises for AIS. Now, this new RCT is going to strengthen the evidence supporting...
KeywordsAdolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Idiopathic Scoliosis Risser Sign Stringent Selection Criterion Standard Error Measurement
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