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Yoga in the Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic and Degenerative Scoliosis

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified April 2017 by Loren M. Fishman,MD, Columbia University.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : April 12, 2017
Last Update Posted : April 12, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Loren M. Fishman,MD, Columbia University

Brief Summary:
The effect of two isometric exercises is measured on Cobb angles from films taken 4-10 months apart.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Scoliosis Scoliosis Idiopathic Behavioral: Yoga poses Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

We obtained baseline Cobb angles on simple and complex curves, and collected previous, earlier studies of each adolescent idiopathic and degenerative scoliosis patient. We then taught them to do the side-plank pose with the convex side of lumbar and thoracolumbar scoliotic curves downward, and a slightly altered version of the the half moon pose of yoga with the convex side of thoracic and cervicothoracic curves downward. The half moon pose was altered in that a belt was looped around the horizontal leg's foot, and held in a vertically extended upper arm's hand, and pulled tightly in that vertical position.

Each pose was held as long as the patient could at least once daily.

Cobb angles were again measured in films taken 4-10 months later.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Intervention Model: Sequential Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Patient's change in previous X-ray compared with baseline, and baseline compared with X-ray done 4-10 months later
Masking: None (Open Label)
Masking Description: Radiologists are unaware of study.
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Yoga in the Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic and Degenerative Scoliosis
Actual Study Start Date : January 1, 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date : March 1, 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : January 1, 2019

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MedlinePlus related topics: Scoliosis

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Experimental arm
Patients will have an X-ray before beginning to do one or two yoga poses daily for 4 - 10 months. After that period, they will have a second X-ray.
Behavioral: Yoga poses
Patients are asked to perform one or two yoga poses daily for 4-10 months

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in Cobb angle [ Time Frame: 4 - 10 months ]
    Baseline scoliotic curve - scoliotic curve measured after treatment

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Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 105 Years   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Scoliosis
  • Willingness to do pose at least once daily for 4 -10 months
  • Willingness to have a second X-ray 4-10 months after starting to do pose

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Previous Spinal surgery
  • Pregnancy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03110965

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Contact: Loren M Fishman, MD 646-642-0700
Contact: Katie Y Camero, B.A. 2124720077

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United States, New York
Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Recruiting
New York City, New York, United States, 10022
Contact: Katie Cameron, BA    212-472-0077   
Contact: Erika Y Pons, BA    2124720077 ext City   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, LLP
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Principal Investigator: Loren M Fishman, MD Columbia Medical School
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Responsible Party: Loren M. Fishman,MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Columbia University Identifier: NCT03110965    
Other Study ID Numbers: MANHATTANPMR
First Posted: April 12, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 12, 2017
Last Verified: April 2017
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
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Spinal Curvatures
Spinal Diseases
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases