Improved chest expansion in idiopathic scoliosis after intensive, multiple-modality, nonsurgical treatment in an adult

Martha C. Hawes, William J. Brooks

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Abstract

This case report documents a substantial increase in chest wall expansion in a middle-aged woman with stable right thoracic spinal curvature due to idiopathic scoliosis. Treatment involved intensive psychological and mobilization therapies, including comprehensive manipulative medicine treatments and daily manual traction. Over an 8-year period, a 6-cm increase in resting chest circumference (in the absence of weight gain) and a 7.5-cm increase in chest expansion were correlated with a substantial reduction of incidence of respiratory infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)672-674
Number of pages3
JournalCHEST
Volume120
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2001

Keywords

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Idiopathic scoliosis
  • Manipulative medicine
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Pectus excavatum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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