Original Article: PDF OnlyLateral Electrical Surface Stimulation in Idiopathic Scoliosis: Experience in Two Private PracticesSWANK, SUSAN M., MD*; BROWN, JOHN CARLISLE, MD†; JENNNGS, MARY V., OPA*; CONRADI, CHRIS, OPA†Author Information *From private practice in Downey, California †From private in Fountain Valley, California Spine: December 1989 - Volume 14 - Issue 12 - p 1293-1295 Buy Abstract One hundred twenty-six patients with idiopathic scoliosis were treated by lateral electrical surface stimulation. Of these, 39 patients satisfied a strict set of protocols and were evaluated as a group. In this subgroup, curves averaged 28° (range, 20-38°). Thirty-eight percent exhibited initial curves greater than 30°. Thirty percent of patients had a Risser sigh of 0. Follow-up was from 6 months to 6 years. Progression was greater than 5° in 48% and greater than 10° in 35%. The final curve was greater than 40° in 30%. Twenty-eight required fusion. Compared with natural history studies, these results are acceptable, and the authors continue to offer lateral electrical surface stimulation as a method of nonoperative care for progressive idiopathic scoliosis. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.