What is the psychological impact of idiopathic scoliosis?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Charles T Mehlman, DO, MPH; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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The psychological stress associated with scoliosis has been documented, [112] and this does not improve compliance with brace wear. MacLean et al from Vanderbilt studied 31 adolescent and preadolescent females who were undergoing part-time brace treatment for their idiopathic scoliosis. [113] Part-time bracing was defined as 13-16 hr/day. The investigators noted that 84% of patients described the initial period of bracing in "stressful terms" and experienced lower levels of self-esteem. A reassuring finding was that no overt psychopathology was identified in this study.


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