After observing the results of the compensation method for more than four years on about 150 cases, we feel free to assert that, in properly selected cases, a return to normal body balance by way of mobilization, compensatory curves, and satisfactory development of the active muscle power of the spine, is indeed possible. Because it preserves the function of the spine, this treatment seems to us a more natural and more desirable solution than the one offered by methods of forcible correction or operative fusion. At the same time, it is recognized that only a portion of the cases of scoliosis are suitable for this type of treatment. Yet it is, we believe, a matter of satisfaction to return a not inconsiderable proportion of cases to normal balance and complete muscle control, which otherwise would have been relegated to operative fusion, or an indefinite period of brace support. It is admitted that in failing to produce local correction of the primary curve, the immediate cosmetic results of the method seem to fall behind those of forcible correction. This, however, is more than offset by the reliability and permanency of the compensation results, and by the advantage of active and lasting muscular control of the spine.
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