Idiopathic scoliosis was treated by an automated portable posture-training device that incorporated precise behavioral principles and enabled therapeutic training to be given in the patients' normal environment throughout the entire day. Twenty-one patient-years of training were completed with a group of 12 adolescent girls selected as being imminently likely to require a brace because of the way their spinal curves had been progressing. As an alternative to conventional brace therapy, patients found the posture-training device considerably less physically restraining and more cosmetically acceptable. Most patients wore it 23 hr per day for at least 1 year and adapted well to the constant physical and psychological presence of the instrument. For 10 patients, the outcome was entirely successful; they were discharged from this pilot study as satisfactorily corrected. Progression of the scoliotic curve was arrested; in fact, there was an average slight improvement in the Cobb angle (a measure of spinal curvature) as measured by x-ray radiography.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1985|
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