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Table 5 Specific aims of conservative treatment during growth (Strength of Evidence VI-Strength of Recommendation C)

From: 2011 SOSORT guidelines: Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation treatment of idiopathic scoliosis during growth

   Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis up to 45° Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis over 45° Infantile and JuvenileIdiopathic Scoliosis
Radiographic aims Primary Below 25° Below 35° Below 25°
  Secondary Below 35° No progression Below 50°
Main aims   Avoid surgery
Improve aesthetics and quality of life
Reduce disability and pain
  1. Notes and definitions
  2. • Final results depend on the characteristics of the disease (progressive potential) and not only on the quality and quantity of treatment (that rely on the action of the whole team: physician, orthotist, therapist, family and patient)
  3. Goals of treatment: what treating team would like to achieve in front of a specific clinical situation.
  4. Main aims: pursued in all cases beyond Cobb degrees results
  5. Primary aims: pursued at start of treatment, but not possible in all cases
  6. Secondary aims: to be pursued if primary aims are not achievable, but also secondary aims are not always possible