Further evaluation of the scolitron treatment of idiopathic adolescent scoliosis

J. Andy Sullivan, Ron Davidson, Thomas S. Renshaw, John B. Emans, Charles Johnston, Michael Sussman

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One hundred forty-two patients were treated by the Scolitron method of lateral electric surface stimulation (LESS) for scoliosis. Using 10° progression as a failure point, clinicians reported the following: 56.3% of patients were classified as failures, 26.8% as successes; and 16.9% were still under treatment. When broken down into individual groups, true protocol patients, at risk for progression, had the lowest success rate; whereas those that were nonprotocol, and least at risk, had the highest success rate. This method should still be considered experimental and cannot be considered an alternative to bracing at this time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)903-906
Number of pages4
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1986


  • Efficacy
  • Lateral electrical stimulation
  • Scoliosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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