Scoliosis

Common Name(s)

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that usually occurs during a growth spurt before puberty. Scoliosis can range from mild to severe and can cause back pain and difficulty breathing. Indicators of scoliosis are uneven shoulders, waist, and hips. The cause of scoliosis is largly unknown, however it may be hereditary. Scoliosis is less commonly a result of cerebral palsy, birth defects affecting the development of the spine, and injuries or infections of the spine.

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Canadian Marfan Association

Increasing awareness, saving lives, and improving the quality of life for patients, their families, and medical professionals affected by Marfan syndrome, genetic aortic disorders, and related connective tissue disorders through national programs of education, support, and research.

Last Updated: 22 Jan 2013

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Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation

Our mission is to advance knowledge through research and to educate the medical, allied sciences, and lay community about Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and related CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) disorders.

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2013

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National Scoliosis Foundation

The National Scoliosis Foundation (NSF) is a patient-led nonprofit organization dedicated since 1976 to helping children, parents, adults, and health-care providers to understand the complexities of spinal deformities such as scoliosis.

Last Updated: 24 Nov 2009

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Following organizations serve the condition "Scoliosis" for support, advocacy or research.

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Canadian Marfan Association

Increasing awareness, saving lives, and improving the quality of life for patients, their families, and medical professionals affected by Marfan syndrome, genetic aortic disorders, and related connective tissue disorders through national programs of education, support, and research.

http://www.marfan.ca

Last Updated: 22 Jan 2013

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Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation

Our mission is to advance knowledge through research and to educate the medical, allied sciences, and lay community about Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and related CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) disorders.

http://www.CSFinfo.org

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2013

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National Scoliosis Foundation

The National Scoliosis Foundation (NSF) is a patient-led nonprofit organization dedicated since 1976 to helping children, parents, adults, and health-care providers to understand the complexities of spinal deformities such as scoliosis.

http://www.scoliosis.org/

Last Updated: 24 Nov 2009

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Scoliosis" returned 828 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Body image in idiopathic scoliosis: a comparison study of psychometric properties between four patient-reported outcome instruments.
 

Author(s): Antonia Matamalas, Joan Bagó, Elisabetta D'Agata, Ferran Pellisé

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Four patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments are commonly used to assess body image in idiopathic scoliosis (IS): the Quality of Life Profile for Spinal Deformities (QLPSD), SRS-22 Self-Image scale, Spinal Appearance Questionnaire (SAQ), and Trunk Appearance Perception Scale (TAPS). ...

Last Updated: 9 Jun 2014

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Nighttime bracing versus observation for early adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
 

Author(s): John M Wiemann, Suken A Shah, Charles T Price

Journal: J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Sep;34(6):603-6.

 

Spinal bracing is widely utilized in patients with moderate severity adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with the goal of preventing curve progression and therefore preventing the need for surgical correction. Bracing is typically initiated in patients with a primary curve angle between ...

Last Updated: 15 Aug 2014

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Characteristics of lumbar scoliosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): Masanobu Ohishi, Hisaaki Miyahara, Masakazu Kondo, Yasuharu Nakashima, Kazumasa Terada, Yukio Esaki, Nobuo Kobara, Katsumi Harimaya, Yoshihiro Matsumoto, Yukihide Iwamoto

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Although a substantial percentage of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience low back pain, the characteristics of lumbar spine pathology in RA patients has been poorly investigated. In our institutions, lumbar spine radiographs indicated scoliosis in 26 patients. The present ...

Last Updated: 30 Apr 2014

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The terms "Scoliosis" returned 65 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Fusionless surgery for scoliosis.
 

Author(s): Stuart H Hershman, Justin J Park, Baron S Lonner

Journal: Bull Hosp Jt Dis (2013). 2013 ;71(1):49-53.

 

Scoliosis is a very common condition, affecting approximately 7 million children in the United States. Treatment of this condition in young children can be challenging. A variety of techniques that avoid spinal fusion have been developed to manage scoliosis in this patient population. ...

Last Updated: 16 Sep 2013

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[Advances in minimally invasive spine surgery in treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and adult scoliosis].
 

Author(s): Nan Wu, Qi-yi Li, Zhi-hong Wu, Gui-xing Qiu

Journal: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. 2013 Aug;35(4):457-61.

 

The traditional treatment of scoliosis is mainly based on open surgeries that use the anterior approach, the posterior approach, or both. These surgical procedures often lead to complications including massive blood loss, infections, and pain of incision.The minimally invasive spine ...

Last Updated: 30 Aug 2013

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Neuromuscular scoliosis.
 

Author(s): R Vialle, C Thévenin-Lemoine, P Mary

Journal: Orthop Traumatol Surg Res. 2013 Feb;99(1 Suppl):S124-39.

 

Scoliosis is a common deformity in many types of neuromuscular disease. Severe spinal curvature can cause difficulty in sitting. Conservative and surgical treatment of neuromuscular scoliosis differs from idiopathic scoliosis, being more complex and with a higher complications rate. ...

Last Updated: 18 Feb 2013

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Prospective Study of Scoliosis in Children With Cerebral Palsy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cerebral Palsy; Scoliosis

 

Last Updated: 20 Dec 2013

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Robotic vs. Freehand Corrective Surgery for Pediatric Scoliosis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Scoliosis

 

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2014

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Last Updated: 8 Jun 2011

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