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Ekinci, Akyildiz, Koca, Ersen, and Sari: Letter to the Editor: Evidence-Based of Nonoperative Treatment in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
Dear Editor,
We would like to discuss the publication entitled "Evidence-based of nonoperative treatment in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis [1]" which we read with great interest. In his study, the author reviewed articles concerning adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Honestly the objective of the study is noteworthy and we have some questions for author:
(1) Scoliosis of less than 20° should be followed up in periodic outpatient visits at 4 to 6 month intervals, and new X-rays should be taken if progression is suspected [2]. Bracing is generally recommended for scoliosis between 30° and 45° before the termination of bone growth. Bracing has been shown to successfully prevent curve progression in 75% in this patient population [3]. The recommendations for the bracing study inclusion were based on patients aged 10 years and above, a Risser sign of 0 to 2, initial curve magnitude of 25° to 40° [4]. What is the authors' opinion on a correlation between scoliosis angle and the Risser sign at therapy planning with AIS patients?
(2) What is the authors' opinion on Charleston and Providence braces? Have part-time or nighttime bracing any advantages with patient compliance?
(3) Classification of idiopathic scoliosis is of utmost importance in defining curvature by physicians, physiotherapists and orthotic technicians and designing the treatment plan [5,6]. Which classification system (King, Peking Union Medical College-PUMC, Lenke) did the author use for providing guidance for patients with AIS?
We appreciate the authors' comments on these concerns.

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1. Kim HS. Evidence-based of nonoperative treatment in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Asian Spine J 2014 8:695–702. PMID: 25346826.
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2. Trobisch P, Suess O, Schwab F. Idiopathic scoliosis. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2010 107:875–883. PMID: 21191550.
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3. Rowe DE, Bernstein SM, Riddick MF, Adler F, Emans JB, Gardner-Bonneau D. A meta-analysis of the efficacy of non-operative treatments for idiopathic scoliosis. J Bone Joint Surg Am 1997 79:664–674. PMID: 9160938.
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4. Schiller JR, Thakur NA, Eberson CP. Brace management in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2010 468:670–678. PMID: 19484317.
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5. Oguz E, Ekinci S, Ersen O. Review of radiological assessment and classification systems of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Totbid Dergisi 2013 12:73–82.
6. Ekinci S, Ersen O. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Arch Clin Exp Surg 2014 3:174–182.


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