Physical efficiency of girls with conservatively treated idiopathic scoliosis
© Durmala and Dobosiewicz; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007
Published: 12 October 2007
The aim of the study was to estimate the influence of conservative treatment on physical efficiency in girls with idiopathic scoliosis (IS). Physical efficiency was estimated by maximal minute oxygen uptake, ventilatory anaerobic threshold (VAT), and maximal workload.
A study group consisting of eighty-seven girls with IS, aged ten to seventeen years (mean 13.5 ± 1.61 years) with thoracic (n = 49) and double major scoliosis (n = 38), was compared with a control group of seventy-seven healthy girls. The mean Cobb angle among the subjects with IS was 31 ± 16.2 degrees (range 11–75 degrees).
A subgroup of sixty-four girls was treated conservatively using 3D exercises by Dobosiewicz and a second subgroup of twenty-three girls were treated using 2D (symmetric) corrective exercises [1, 2]. A subgroup of twenty-six girls with IS who received 3D exercises by Dobosiewicz (n = 18) or symmetric exercises (n = 8), were tested before and after treatment. The ergospirometry test was performed using cycle ergometer. Percentage of predicted values was used for analysis.
Percentage of predicted value of
Girls with IS treated using
Maximal minute oxygen uptake
The exercise efficiency of girls with IS, conservatively treated by physiotherapy, is normal.
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