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Table 1 Papers on the outcome of physiotherapy in patients with scoliosis sorted by age.

From: Physical therapy intervention studies on idiopathic scoliosis-review with the focus on inclusion criteria1

   Age Cobb degrees Risk of Progression
Author Year Average Average Estimated
Weiss 2003§ 10 21 90%
Ducongé 2002 10, 1 15,6 50%
Mollon 1986 10,8 16 50%
Klisic 1985 11 14 35%
Ferraro 1998 11,6 14,9 35%
Rigo 1991 12 19,5 35%
Negrini 2006a 12,4 15,1 15%
Weiss 1997 12,7 27 60%
Weiss 2003$ 13 29,5 60%
Mooney 2000 13,1 33,5 85%
Negrini 2006b 13,4 30,9 60%
Stone 1979 13,5 10 0%
den Boer 1999 13,6 26 27%
McIntire 2006 14 29 20%
Otman 2005 14, 1 26,1 5%*
Mamyama 2002 16,3 31,5 25%*
Maruyama 2003a 16,3 33,3 25%*
Weiss 1992 21,6 43 **
  1. As can be seen, only 7 out of 19 samples published at average had a risk of progression exceeding 40% and by this had an indication for treatment (38%). One study had a pre- post design and should be excluded**. Three other papers were with a patient sample that was (nearly) outgrown and would not need any treatment*. The studies by Weiss 2003, Mollon and Rodot 1986 and Ducongé 2002 had a wide range of materials and included also many prepubertal patients not yet at risk. The patient sample from Weiss, Weiss and Petermann (2003) was subdivided into an immature (§) and a more mature sample ($)
  2. (* Patients nearly outgrown/outgrown; ** Patients outgrown/pre-/post intervention study)