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Table 3 Stated indications and goals for standard physical therapy (N = 67)

From: Scoliosis Research Society members attitudes towards physical therapy and physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Indication Frequency Percentage
 Small curves 32 48 %
 Braced Curves 39 58 %
 Pre-operative 17 25 %
 Post-operative 25 37 %
 Patient request 7 10 %
 Pain 17 25 %
Goals   
 Prevent Progression 12 18 %
 Improve Aesthetics 27 40 %
 Treat Pain 48 72 %
 Treat Respiratory Symptoms 11 16 %
 Prevent Surgery 6 9 %
 Postpone Surgery 3 4 %
 Improve Post operative Outcomes 25 37 %
 Maintain Improve Core Strength 7 10 %
 Exercise with Bracing 1 1 %
 Improved quality of life 1 1 %
 Maintain flexibility 1 1 %
 To get back to activities 1 1 %
Why don’t you prescribe Standard Physical Therapy?   
 No access 8 4 %
 No Patient Interest 20 10 %
 No value 112 57 %
 No research 149 76 %
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