Volume 4 Supplement 1

5th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities

Open Access

End of treatment results for SEAS exercises: a controlled retrospective study

  • Stefano Negrini1,
  • Michele Romano1,
  • Alessandra Negrini1,
  • Silvana Parzini1,
  • Fabio Zaina1 and
  • Salvatore Atanasio1
Scoliosis20094(Suppl 1):O28

DOI: 10.1186/1748-7161-4-S1-O28

Published: 15 January 2009

Background

The efficacy of SEAS exercises in the short term (1 year) is established in a controlled prospective study. The efficacy results at the end of treatment have not been presented.

Aim

To verify the end of treatment results of SEAS exercises.

Study design

Retrospective controlled study.

Population

One hundred and twenty two AIS patients of 13.8 ± 3.1 years at start, 15.8 ± 11.9° Cobb and 5.6 ± 3.1° Bunnell, who consecutively completed an exercise treatment (on average 2.2 ± 1.7 years), have been included. They have been divided into two groups: SEAS exercises (SE: 33) and usual physiotherapy (UP: 89).

Methods

The validated outcome criteria included Cobb and Bunnell degrees, hump, sagittal configuration and Aesthetics Index. Data was compared with similar control groups from the literature. Statistical analysis included paired t-test, ANOVA and Kruskall-Wallis tests.

Results

SE group showed a statistically significant decrease of maximal Cobb and Bunnell degrees and hump, with better sagittal profile and aesthetics. The UP group showed a slight worsening of scoliosis parameters and flattening of sagittal profile. In addition, aesthetics improved for both groups when compared to similar controls in the literature.

Conclusion

End of treatment SEAS exercises demonstrate better results than UP and controls. Improvements were seen in almost all clinically important parameters.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
ISICO (Italian Scientific Spine Institute)

References

  1. Negrini S, Fusco C, Minozzi S, Atanasio S, Zaina F, Romano M: Exercises reduce the progression rate of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: results of a comprehensive systematic review of the literature. Disabil Rehabil. 2008, 30 (10): 772-85. 10.1080/09638280801889568. Review.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar

Copyright

© Negrini et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

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