Yoga in the Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic and Degenerative Scoliosis

Therapuetic Areas:Orthopedics / Podiatry
Age Range:6 - 105
Start Date:January 1, 2015
End Date:January 1, 2019
Contact:Loren M Fishman, MD

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The effect of two isometric exercises is measured on Cobb angles from films taken 4-10
months apart.

We obtained baseline Cobb angles on simple and complex curves, and collected previous,
earlier studies of each adolescent idiopathic and degenerative scoliosis patient. We then
taught them to do the side-plank pose with the convex side of lumbar and thoracolumbar
scoliotic curves downward, and a slightly altered version of the the half moon pose of yoga
with the convex side of thoracic and cervicothoracic curves downward. The half moon pose was
altered in that a belt was looped around the horizontal leg's foot, and held in a vertically
extended upper arm's hand, and pulled tightly in that vertical position.

Each pose was held as long as the patient could at least once daily.

Cobb angles were again measured in films taken 4-10 months later.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Scoliosis

- Willingness to do pose at least once daily for 4 -10 months

- Willingness to have a second X-ray 4-10 months after starting to do pose

Exclusion Criteria:

- Neuromuscular disease

- Previous Spinal surgery

- Pregnancy
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New York City, NY
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