Scoliosis is a side to side curvature of the spine. Adoescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is the most common form with around 4% of the population affected. Girls are more commonly affected than boys.
The most common test for the prescence of Scoliosis is the Adams forward bend test (image to the left).
If you suspect your child has Scoliosis, contact your local GP and they will organise appropriate investigations.
This service requires a referral from an orthopaedic surgeon
There are many different options when it come to treating scoliosis, the most effective is custom bracing.
The most recent scoliosis research has established that Custom Scoliosis Bracing is the most effective treatment for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
- Effects of Bracing in Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis Weinstein SL, Dolan LA, Wright JG, Dobbs MB. N Engl J Med. 2013 Oct 17;369(16):1512-21.
Conclusions: "The trial was stopped early owing to the efficacy of bracing." “Bracing significantly decreased the progression of high-risk curves to the threshold for surgery in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The benefit increased with longer hours of brace wear.”
- 2011 SOSORT guidelines: Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation treatment of idiopathic scoliosis during growth
The clinical interest of SOSORT (Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment), is the Non-Operative, or Conservative Management of idiopathic scoliosis patients.