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Orthopedic Research Online Journal

Effectiveness of Posture Correction Girdle as Conservative Treatment for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: a Preliminary Study

  • Open or Close Queenie Fok1, Joanne Yip1*, Kit-lun Yick1, Sun-Pui Ng2 and Chi-Yung Tse3

    1Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

    2Hong Kong Community College, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

    3Centre for Orthopaedic Surgery, Hong Kong

    *Corresponding author: Joanne Yip, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, Tel: +852-2766 4848; Fax: +852 2773 1432; Email: tcjyip@polyu.edu.hk

Submission: December 13, 2017; Published: January 31, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/OPROJ.2018.01.000524

ISSN: 2576-8875
Volume1 Issue5

Abstract

A six-month quasi-experimental pretest-posttest clinical trial has been conducted to assess the ability of a posture correction girdle to control the progression of scoliosis and its corrective effect by comparing when the girdle is donned as opposed to when it is doffed. Comparisons of the Cobb’s angle examined by using radiography are carried out to observe pre-intervention versus post-intervention changes as well as pre-intervention versus in-brace correction after 6 months. It is found that the survival rate of the posture correction girdle is up to 90%. More importantly, the results show that there is a significant difference when the girdle is donned as opposed to when it is doffed. These results prove that the use of a pressure garment induces corrective forces onto the spine. This study therefore demonstrates the possibility of using textile materials for spinal or those and for other types of functional garments.

Keywords: Functional garment; Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis; Flexible brace; Posture correction girdle

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