Back Contour Asymmetry in Schoolchildren: Its Significance for the Early Detection of Idiopathic Scoliosis

  • R. G. Burwell
  • N. J. James
  • F. Johnson
  • J. K. Webb
  • Y. G. Wilson


The management of children with idiopathic scoliosis seems to be entering a new era — when early diagnosis by the health care team will prevent the need for most surgical operations. The Swedish experience reported by Professor Nachemson and his colleagues in Gothenburg shows that early diagnosis and brace treatment of juveniles and adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis has the following effects:
  • The spinal curves are less severe when diagnosed.

  • Fewer spinal curves progress to 40 degrees.

  • Less surgical operations are performed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. G. Burwell
    • 1
  • N. J. James
    • 1
  • F. Johnson
    • 1
  • J. K. Webb
    • 2
  • Y. G. Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Human Morphology and SurgeryUniversity of NottinghamEngland
  2. 2.Scoliosis ClinicHarlow Wood Orthopaedic HospitalMansfieldEngland

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