Effect of core-based exercise in people with scoliosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Review written by Dr Sarah Haag info

Key Points

  1. Core-based exercises may be effective in improving quality of life for people with scoliosis.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder defined as a lateral curvature of the spine greater than 10 degrees, and is typically associated with trunk rotation (1). Scoliosis impacts females eight times more often than males and impacts both adolescents and adults.

Specific exercise programs have been developed to help relieve clinical symptoms and prevent curve progression. This systematic review and meta-analysis evaluated the evidence for the effectiveness of core-based exercise programs on cure magnitude and other health-related outcome measures.

Scoliosis impacts females eight times more often than males.
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Core-based exercises are a low-risk intervention that may improve function and quality of life for people with scoliosis.

METHODS

This review was performed following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines and was registered in the PROSPERO database. Keywords were used to search PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature

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