[Conservative treatment of idiopathic scoliosis with physical therapy and orthoses]

Orthopade. 2003 Feb;32(2):146-56. doi: 10.1007/s00132-002-0430-x.
[Article in German]


Opinions differ in the international literature about the efficacy of conservative approaches to scoliosis treatment. Because this divergence of opinion corresponds to a great discrepancy in the standards applied to conservative treatment methods, it is not astonishing that the results of conservative treatment as described in the literature also differ. Scoliosis normally does not have such dramatic effects that immediate surgery would be indicated.Moreover, it is clear from the published literature that it is the functional and physiological impairments of scoliosis patients--including pain, torso deformity, psychological disturbance, and pulmonary dysfunction--which require therapeutic intervention. In Germany the triad of outpatient physiotherapy, intensive inpatient rehabilitation, and bracing has proven effective in conservative scoliosis treatment.Indication, content, and results of the individual treatment procedures are described and discussed. The positive outcomes of this practice validate a policy of offering conservative scoliosis treatment as an alternative to patients, including those for whom surgery is indicated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Braces*
  • Child
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Radiography
  • Scoliosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Scoliosis / etiology
  • Scoliosis / rehabilitation*