Chêneau brace for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: long-term results. Can it prevent surgery?

Eur Spine J. 2013 Nov;22 Suppl 6(Suppl 6):S815-22. doi: 10.1007/s00586-013-3020-1. Epub 2013 Sep 17.


Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Chêneau brace in the management of idiopathic scoliosis.

Methods: This is a retrospective observational study according to SOSORT and SRS (Scoliosis Research Society) recommendations involving 48 girls with documented progressive idiopathic scoliosis, treated with Chêneau brace. A statistical analysis was performed with STATA MP11.2 to validate the obtained results.

Results: No patient needed surgery. The average curve angle measured in Cobb degrees passed from 27° ± 6.7° at the beginning (T0), to 7.6° ± 7.4° in brace (T1) (72 % of correction), to 8.5° ± 8.6° (69 % of correction) at the end of treatment (T2), to 11.0° ± 7.4° (59.3 % of correction) at final follow-up (mean 5 years and 5 months) (T3).

Conclusion: Conservative treatment with Chêneau brace and physiotherapy was effective in our hands for halting scoliosis progression in 100 % of patients.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Braces*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Radiography
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Scoliosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Scoliosis / pathology
  • Scoliosis / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome