No effect of osteopathic treatment on trunk morphology and spine flexibility in young women with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

By London Spine

No effect of osteopathic treatment on trunk morphology and spine flexibility in young women with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

J Child Orthop. 2010 Jun;4(3):219-26

Authors: Hasler C, Schmid C, Enggist A, Neuhaus C, Erb T

Brace treatment is the gold standard for patients with mild adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (Cobb angle 20°-40°). However, negative psychosocial impacts, physical constraints and incompliance cause many patients and parents to seek for so-called holistic and apparently less harmful approaches within the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Osteopathy-manual interventions on the viscera and locomotor system-is widely used for scoliosis. There is, however, a complete lack of evidence regarding its efficacy. We, therefore, tested the hypothesis that osteopathy alters trunk morphology, a prerequisite to unload the concave side of the scoliosis, and that it halts curve progression.

PMID: 21629373 [PubMed]