Evidence on Conservative Treatment and Assessment of Idiopathic Scoliosis and Other Spinal Deformities

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Integrative Pediatrics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 November 2022) | Viewed by 1722

Special Issue Editors

Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
Interests: scoliosis; spinal orthopaedic; spinal diseases; rehabilitation medicine; musculoskeletal disorders
Italian Scientific Spine Institute (ISICO), Milan, Italy
Interests: low back pain; scoliosis and spinal disease
Italian Scientific Spine Institute (ISICO), Milan, Italy
Interests: scoliosis; rehabilitation medicine
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Dear Colleagues,

Scoliosis is a pathological three-dimensional deformation of the spine and trunk. The most common type is idiopathic, meaning that we do not know the cause(s). We know that scoliosis runs in families, but the genes involved are multiple, and epigenetics (expression of genes) plays a major role. In front of unknown aetiology, we know the biomechanical pathogenesis, represented by Stoke’s vicious cycle: pathological curves lead to asymmetrical growth and worsening of the existing curves.

After years of doubts in some regions of the world of the efficacy of conservative treatment (rehabilitation), the publication of a strong Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) showing the efficacy of bracing for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is giving momentum to research, already relaunched in the field by the birth of the Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) in 2004–2005.

We want to try and consolidate this knowledge, offering the pediatric physicians community an organic view of the current knowledge. We would like to organize this Special Issue around a series of systematic reviews (but also original high-quality papers) mainly (but not only) on conservative treatment of idiopathic scoliosis. Some of the topics we propose include:

  • State-of-the art on patients’ clinically oriented assessment, including new technologies, ultrasound imaging, surface evaluations, Quality of Life instruments, bone growth evaluation techniques;
  • State-of-the art on bracing, exercises therapy, other treatments for idiopathic scoliosis;
  • Conservative treatment of other pathologies: Scheuermann disease, hyperkyphosis, adult scoliosis, flexed posture in the elderly, including secondary scoliosis.

In a fully evidence-based approach, we will accept systematic reviews coherent with the current level of evidence on the topic (this means RCTs where there are, but mostly observational studies, sometimes also other designs). We suggest the authors who want to engage in developing one of the topics above write to us to avoid overlap with other teams.

Prof. Dr. Stefano Negrini
Dr. Sabrina Donzelli
Dr. Fabio Zaina
Guest Editors

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  • Scoliosis
  • Rehabilitation
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Other Spinal Deformities
  • Conservative Treatment
  • Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment
  • Conservative treatment of other pathologies
  • New techniques for clinically oriented assessment

Published Papers

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