Back shape in brace treatment of idiopathic scoliosis.
Weisz I., Jefferson RJ., Carr AJ., Turner-Smith AR., McInerney A., Houghton GR.
This preliminary study has shown that bracing may improve the cosmetic appearance of a scoliotic back although the underlying curve remains unchanged. Thirty-two patients treated with the Boston brace for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis were assessed both roentgenographically and by integrated shape imaging system scanning before and after treatment. The mean follow-up time was 16 months. Surface shape improved in 41% of the patients, whereas roentgenographic improvement occurred in only 9%. Roentgenographic measurements should, therefore, be considered in conjunction with corresponding surface shape measurements in the assessment of brace treatment of scoliosis.