Effect of Chêneau brace on postural balance in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A pilot study

T. Paolucci, G. Morone, A. D I Cesare, M. R. Grasso, A. Fusco, S. Paolucci, V. M. Saraceni, M. Iosa

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Background. Adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis show a postural instability compared with healthy subjects. Design type. Case control study. Setting. Outpatient clinic of the Complex Operative Unit of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Policlinico Umberto I Hospital. Population.Thirteen patients (11 females and 2 males, mean age 13-3±1.7 years, mean Cobb angle 32±9, median Risser sign 2) and thirteen healthy adolescents (8 females and 5 males, mean age: 13.0+1.6 years) as age-matched control group wereenrolled. Methods. Postural ability of the participants was assessed with stabilometry (under open eyes and closed eyes conditions), computing sway length, sway ellipse area, and sway velocities. Static and dynamic baropodometry (open eyes only) was used to measure the limb load, and to compute: walking speed, step length, step cadence and step width. The symmetry of left and right limb values was also investigated. Results. Patient's group was characterized by significantly higher postural instability than control group (P0.5, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-657
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


  • Braces
  • Posture.
  • Scoliosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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