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Six-Month Follow-up of Supervised Spinal Stabilization Exercises for Low Back Pain in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Zapata, Karina A. PT, PhD; Wang-Price, Sharon S. PT, PhD; Sucato, Daniel J. MD, MS

doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000325
Research Reports

Purpose: To evaluate the effectiveness of 8 weeks of weekly spinal stabilization exercises compared with 1-time treatment in participants with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and low back pain at a 6-month follow-up.

Methods: Thirty-two participants were evaluated at a 6-month follow-up. The supervised group received weekly spinal stabilization exercises. The unsupervised group received a 1-time treatment and home exercise program.

Results: Both groups improved in all outcome measures. The supervised group had significantly reduced Numeric Pain Rating Scale and Improved Global Rating of Change scores, but had no differences in the revised Oswestry Back Pain Disability Questionnaire, or Patient-Specific Functional Scale scores in comparison with the unsupervised group.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of 8 weeks of weekly spinal stabilization exercises compared to one-time treatment in participants with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and low back pain at a 6-month follow-up.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (Drs Zapata and Sucato), Dallas; and School of Physical Therapy (Dr Wang-Price), Texas Woman's University, Dallas.

Correspondence: Karina A. Zapata, PT, PhD, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St, Dallas, TX 75219 (Karina.zapata@tsrh.org).

Grant Support: Grant funding was received from the APTA Section on Pediatrics for this work.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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