Idiopathic scoliosis (IS) is widely assessed and treated by chiropractors. The common goal(s) of treatment include correction or stabilization of the Cobb angle and/or to provide pain relief. The 2015 Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) and the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) consensus paper recommended that studies examining the effects of treatment on idiopathic scoliosis report the following outcomes:
  1. Initial patient age and baseline Risser stage
  2. Initial Cobb angle (between 10-30 degrees; > 30 degrees; > 50 degrees)
  3. Cobb angle at Risser stage 5 (i.e. skeletal maturity)
  4. Percentage of patients whose Cobb angle improved by ≥ 6 degrees
  5. Percentage of patients whose Cobb angle improved by ± 5 degrees
  6. Percentage of patents whose Cobb angle progressed by ≥ 6 degrees
  7. Percentage of patients whose curve progressed beyond 50 degrees
  8. Skeletally immature patients managed to skeletal maturity
  9. Skeletally mature patients managed for at least 5 years
The authors of this paper (published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2017) sought to determine whether or not the peer-reviewed literature examining the effect of chiropractic treatments on idiopathic scoliosis report results according to the recommended standard of the SOSORT/SRS consensus paper. The goal of the study is to strengthen future outcome reporting in chiropractic research and improve inter-professional communication…LOG IN OR SUBSCRIBE NOW TO ACCESS THE FULL REVIEW!
Chiropractic Treatment for Idiopathic Scoliosis

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