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Title: Effectiveness of audio-biofeedback in postural training for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients
Authors: Wong, MS 
Mak, AFT
Luk, KDK
Evans, JH
Brown, B
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Prosthetics and orthotics international, 2001, v. 25, no. 1, p. 60-70 How to cite?
Journal: Prosthetics and orthotics international
Abstract: The possibility of using learned physiological responses in control of progressive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) was investigated. Sixteen (16) AIS patients with progressing or high-risk curves (Cobb's angle between 25° and 35° at start and reducible by lateral bending) were fitted with a device with tone alarm for poor posture. In the first 18 months of application, 3 patients defaulted and 4 showed curve progression > 10° (2 changed to rigid spinal orthoses and 2 underwent surgery). The curves for the other 9 patients were kept under control (within ±5° of Cobb's angle) and 5 of them have reached skeletal maturity and terminated the application. The remaining 4 patients were still using the devices until skeletal maturity or curve progression. The curve control rate was 69%. A long-lasting active spinal control could be achieved through the patient's own spinal muscles. Nevertheless, before the postural training device could become a treatment modality, a long-term study for more AIS patients was necessary. This project is ongoing in the Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital, Sandy Bay, Hong Kong.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/34965
ISSN: 0309-3646 (print)
1746-1553 (online)
DOI: 10.1080/03093640108726570
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