3. Progression of Scoliosis
This chapter will describe the progression of scoliosis. There will be discussion of the “vicious cycle theory” of curve progression, and description of additional multiple biomechanical variables related to progression of curves. The chapter will describe patient risk factors for curve progression related to age, skeletal maturity, and curve severity. The learner will learn how to best predict progression of AIS in order to begin to understand how risk of progression relates to treatment planning. A landmark research article related to bracing and curve progression will also be discussed.