February 2003 Volume 26, Number 2
Vert Mooney, MD and Allison Brigham, BS
Study Outcomes & Clinical Relevance: Twenty adolescent patients (18 girls and 2 boys) with scoliosis ranging from 15-41 degrees in their major curve were treated with a progressive resistive training program for torso rotation. All patients demonstrated an asymmetry of rotation strength measured on specialized equipment, and surface electrode electromyograms showed inhibition of lumbar paraspinal muscles. Sixteen of 20 patients demonstrated curve reduction, and no patient showed an increase in curve.