2008 – Increasing Pain and Disability, Rather Than Deformity, Determine Treatment Modality for Older Patients with Adult Scoliosis

Mar 23, 2012 by

Summary: Multi-center, retrospective review of operative (OP) vs. non-operative (NON) treatment for adult scoliosis demonstrated that surgery for younger patients was driven by spinal deformity, independent of disability, as younger patients had greater deformity but similar health related quality of life (HRQL) measures between OP and NON. Conversely, surgery for older patients appeared to be motivated by disability, as older patients demonstrated similar deformity measures for OP vs. NON groups, while HRQL were worse in the OP group.

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