Posts Tagged ‘Adult Scoliosis Surgery’

Evolution of scoliosis

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Still, today, 80% of the scoliosis cases are known as idiopathic. Since the true cause is unknown, the treatment can only be based on the symptoms. Until now, only two types of treatment have been known to be efficient: the first is the treatment using an orthopaedic rigid brace and the second one is surgery with a spinal system.

In both cases, the therapeutic benefits can unfortunately be associated with non-negligible drawbacks that limit their uses.  Because of a better understanding of the risk associated and of the disease evolution, we have seen a shift towards earlier treatment.

The correlation between growth potential of the child, and, more specifically, of the adolescent, and the evolution of the scoliosis has been clearly established. It was demonstrated by Duval-Beaupère  and many others [inc. . This means that the earlier the scoliosis appears, the greater the risks of evolution. Lonstein & Carlson analysed the natural evolution of scoliosis in a population of 729 adolescents. They concluded that a child with an angle between 20° and 29° and a Risser of 0,1 or 2, will see his/her scoliosis evolve in 68% of the cases. Stagnara and Clarisse and other authors have named the 30° limit “the critical limit” because, beyond this point, during high velocity growth periods, evolution of the disease is guaranteed.

Survival analysis of a group of 365 idiopathic scoliosis patients treated with the Dynamic SpineCor Brace

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Survival analysis of a group of 365 idiopathic scoliosis patients treated with the Dynamic SpineCor Brace
Résonances Eurospéenes Du Rachis. 14(43):p. 1782-1786. French.
Vachon V
Coillard C
Zabjek KF
Rhalmi S
Rivard CH


What is the prognosis for a child with scoliosis?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

The majority of children who are identified as having scoliosis may not need complex treatments, but they do need to be evaluated.

Is scoliosis a progressive disease?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

The accepted teaching used to be that once you reach adulthood, the curves become static and do not progress.  However, there’s a subgroup of individuals where the curve continues to progress in adulthood.

Is the incidence of scoliosis the same among men and women?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

The incidence of scoliosis in men and women is approximately the same.  However, if you are female and you have scoliosis as an adolescent or young adult, the progression rate is seven to eight times more common among girls than it is among boys.

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Does scoliosis always show its face in childhood?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

We think of scoliosis as being a childhood disease, most commonly, scoliosis presents in the boundary between the juvenile and the adolescent stage: 9 to 12 years of age.

What other factors contribute to the onset of scoliosis curvature?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

The majority of patients with scoliosis fall under the category of idiopathic scoliosis. That means, simply, we don’t know what causes it.

But there are those cases which are neurological, where there’s some kind of spinal cord or brain injury, cerebral palsy, etc.

And there’s trauma — an induced spinal cord injury.

There are congenital abnormalities of the spinal cord and of the vertebrae which lead to scoliosis.

And finally there are the so-called developmental abnormalities

Are there environmental factors that contribute to scoliosis?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

The research into the environment causes of scoliosis is ongoing……

Can the spinal injuries be caused from viral or similar diseases?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Polio was one of the most common neurological causes of scoliosis. Certainly in the 1930 to 1950, when the great epidemics of polio on this continent occurred it was very common to see children with scoliosis.

Can you get scoliosis from an injury?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Children can get scoliosis as a result of a spinal cord injury. One of the categories for scoliosis — one of the causes — is a degenerative neurological condition that affects some children.

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