About Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS)
Like other types of scoliosis AIS is characterised by an abnormal sideways S or C curve of the spine. Children with AIS are generally otherwise healthy. AIS is the most common type of scoliosis. Approximately 4% of all children between 10 and 18 years old will develop this type of scoliosis. AIS is more commonly seen in girls than boys – 90% of scoliosis cases are girls. AIS often begins to develop at the initial onset of puberty becoming more apparent as it worsens during growth spurts.
AIS has a better prognosis than juvenille scoliosis, but can still progress to become a signiﬁcant issue if it is not detected early and properly managed. It is not uncommon for adolescents with large curves or curves that progress quickly to develop some back pain. The most effective non-surgical treatment is bracing but for curves under 25 degrees exercise may be appropriate.
Depending on the curve a dynamic brace may be recommended to retrain and strengthen the spine. In some situations, a dynamic brace can be used in adolescent cases with curves as large as 45 degrees.
Specific scoliosis physiotherapy is often prescribed in conjunction with bracing treatment. The goal of these types of programs are to strengthen the back muscles that would otherwise become weak from the immobilisation caused by the brace.
ScoliCare’s approach to scoliosis treatment is to ensure each curve is accurately assessed from the outset and to recommend appropriate treatment options, tailored to each patient.
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Case – Scoliosis Specific Exercise (18 year old female)Reduction of a scoliosis in a young adult using ScoliBalance (Scoliosis Specific Exercise Rehabilitation)
Case – Juvenile Bracing (7 year old patient)
Patient aged 7 years with scoliosis thoracic curve measured at 32° and lumbar curve measured at 27° In-brace correction achieved with a custom 3D designed scoliosis brace compared with a standard TLSO in a juvenile scoliosis patient Summary: This case demonstrates the effect of a custom 3D designed scoliosis orthosis…
Case – Adult Bracing (78 year old female)
78 year old female patient with progressive idiopathic scoliosis into adulthood. Summary: This case highlights improvements in pain, function and postural deformity in a 78-year-old patient using a custom 3D designed low profile scoliosis orthosis combined with physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises. The patient presented with a 25 degree right-sided lumbar…
Case – Infantile Bracing (3 year old female)
Female patient aged 3 years with an infantile scoliosis. Treatment of an infantile scoliosis using a custom 3D designed scoliosis brace. Summary: This case demonstrates the treatment of a moderate sized infantile scoliosis using a custom 3D designed rigid scoliosis orthosis in a 3-year-old female patient. The patient’s scoliosis had initially…
Case – Adult Bracing (56 year old female)
56 year old female patient with de novo degenerative scoliosis. Postural improvement, improved mobility and reduced pain in a female patient with de novo degenerative scoliosis using a 3D designed custom brace Summary: This case demonstrates the successful management of a patient with de novo degenerative scoliosis. The patient presented…
Case – Adolescent Bracing (14 year old female)Reduction of a severe scoliosis in a young female gymnast using a 3D custom brace and ScoliBalance program.
Case – Adolescent Bracing (14 year old male)
Male patient aged 14 years with a right thoracic curve measured at 49 degrees. Reduction of a severe scoliosis using a custom 3D over-corrective scoliosis brace and scoliosis specific rehabilitation in a 14-year-old male Summary: This case demonstrates the management of a young male athlete with a severe scoliosis using…
Case – Kyphosis Bracing (16 year old female)
Reduction of a Hyper-kyphosis in a 16-year-old female patient using a 3D designed kyphosis brace Case Background The patient presented to the ScoliCare clinic at 14 years of age with postural deformity and pain in the middle back. Examination Findings The patient was a pre-menarchal teenager who reported pain across…