The effect of rigid versus flexible spinal orthosis on the gait pattern of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

M. S. WONG, C. Y. CHENG, B. K. W. NG, T. P. LAM, S. W. SIN, L. F. LEE-SHUM, Hung Kay Daniel CHOW, Y. P. TAM

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Abstract

The conventional rigid spinal orthosis and the flexible spinal orthosis, SpineCor, have different treatment principles in the management of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). These may influence the patients' gait pattern and clinical outcome. In this study, gait analysis on patients with AIS undergoing these two orthotic interventions were conducted. The patients' lower limb kinematic and kinetic data during level walking were collected using a motion analysis system and two force platforms in four test conditions: pre-intervention, having used the orthosis for 1 month and 1 year (in and out of the orthosis). Twenty-one subjects were randomly assigned to the rigid spinal orthosis group (10 subjects) and the SpineCor group (11 subjects). Neither group showed gait asymmetry when comparing the convex and concave sides in the four test conditions. However, significant reduction in the range of motion of the pelvis and hip joints in the coronal plane were found. Although patients with AIS undergoing these two orthotic interventions showed significant changes in walking pattern within the study period, their long-term effect on gait and function requires further investigation through long-term prospective studies. Copyright © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-195
JournalGait & Posture
Volume27
Issue number2
Early online dateApr 2007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

Citation

Wong, M. S., Cheng, C. Y., Ng, B. K. W., Lam, T. P., Sin, S. W., Lee-Shum, L. F., . . . Tam, Y. P. (2008). The effect of rigid versus flexible spinal orthosis on the gait pattern of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Gait & Posture, 27(2), 189-195. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2007.03.007

Keywords

  • Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
  • Gait analysis
  • SpineCor
  • Rigid spinal orthosis

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