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Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis Specific Exercises As Treatment for Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

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Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : January 29, 2018
Last Update Posted : April 9, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Columbia University

Brief Summary:
This is a pilot study to lead to a larger prospective, randomized, controlled study of older adult (ages 50 and older) spinal patients with thoracolumbar/lumbar scoliosis evaluating improvement with physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercise (PSSE) compared to traditional low back physical therapy (PT).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Degenerative Scoliosis Behavioral: Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis Specific Exercises (PSSE) Behavioral: Conventional Physical Therapy (PT) Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Adult scoliosis with chronic back pain is a very complex condition. Chronic back pain remains one of our country's most costly conditions to manage and treat. Many of these patients have difficulty with activities of daily living (ADL), household and community ambulation, and maintaining their professional career. The intervention options for this population remain limited, with surgery being the only one that has shown improvements in health related quality of life and an overall decrease in the complaints of pain. However, the costs of surgery and additional complications are limitations to this treatment option.There has been increased attention and interest in the medical community looking at the effects of Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis Specific Exercises (PSSE) on curve progression, improvements in health related quality of life, and pain. The investigators hypothesize that PSSE can directly affect radiological parameters, such as the sagittal vertical axis (SVA), as well as showing improvements in health related quality of life using subjective patient specific outcome measures.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 32 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis Specific Exercises As Treatment for Adult Degenerative Scoliosis vs Conventional Physical Therapy Exercises
Estimated Study Start Date : May 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2020

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: PSSE Group
Individuals will receive at least 6 sessions of physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises (PSSE) (Schroth) physical therapy. Patients will also be required to perform exercises 5x/wk for 15 minutes at home. Compliance will be monitored by written log and weekly phone check-in after 8 weeks.
Behavioral: Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis Specific Exercises (PSSE)
Exercises with emphasis on trunk extensor strengthening, and teaching patient better postural strategies in supine, sidelying, sitting, standing, and dynamic movements (walking, squatting), led by a PSSE-trained physical therapist.
Other Name: PSSE

Conventional PT Group
Individuals will receive at least 6 sessions of conventional physical therapy (PT). Patients will also be required to perform exercises 5x/wk for 15 minutes at home. Compliance will be monitored by written log and weekly phone check-in after 8 weeks.
Behavioral: Conventional Physical Therapy (PT)
Conventional PT includes generalized pelvis, and trunk strengthening, lower extremity (LE) stretching, and use of modalities (ice and heat), iontophoresis and E-Stim.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Visual Analog Scale (VAS) Score for Back Pain [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    The VAS is a psychometric response scale which measures subjective characteristics or attitudes that cannot be directly measured. Using a ruler, the score is determined by measuring the distance (mm) on the 10-cm line between the "no pain" anchor and the patient's mark, providing a range of scores from 0-100. A higher score indicates greater pain intensity.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Score on Scoliosis Research Society 22-item (SRS-22r) [ Time Frame: Up to 6 months ]
    Outcome measure designed by the Scoliosis Research Society that is specially designed for patients with scoliosis and evaluates their scores for self-image, pain, mental health, and function. It contained 22 items contributing to five main domains: Function (5 items), Pain (5 items), Self-image/appearance (5 items), Mental Health (5 items), Satisfaction with Treatment (Current/Previously performed—2 items). Scores range from 5 (best) to 1 (worst).

  2. Score on Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) [ Time Frame: Up to 6 months ]
    The ODI is a self-completed questionnaire containing 10 topics concerning intensity of pain, lifting, ability to care for oneself, ability to walk, ability to sit, sexual function, ability to stand, social life, sleep quality, and ability to travel. Each topic category is followed by 6 statements describing different potential scenarios in the patient's life relating to the topic. Each question is scored on a scale of 0-5 with the first statement being zero and indicating the least amount of disability and the last statement is scored 5 indicating most severe disability. The scores for all questions answered are summed, then multiplied by two to obtain the index (range 0 to 100). Zero is equated with no disability and 100 is the maximum disability possible.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 50+ years old
  • Diagnosis of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis or adult idiopathic scoliosis; either with a Cobb angle ranging from 20-100 degrees
  • Complaint of back pain that has lasted longer than 6 weeks

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any patient who has completed PSSE in the past
  • Previous spinal surgery, trauma, or presence of neoplasms
  • Diagnosis of congenital or neuromuscular scoliosis
  • Subjects who are involved in concurrent interventions other than conventional physical therapy (PT)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03413839

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Contact: Prachi Bakarania, DPT 212-305-4878

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United States, New York
Columbia University Medical Center Not yet recruiting
New York, New York, United States, 10032
Contact: Allen Chen, MD, MPH    212-305-3535   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Columbia University
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Principal Investigator: Allen Chen, MD, MPH Columbia University


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Responsible Party: Columbia University Identifier: NCT03413839     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AAAQ9761
First Posted: January 29, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 9, 2019
Last Verified: April 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Columbia University:
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Spinal Curvatures
Spinal Diseases
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases