The SRS and SOSORT scientific communities about scoliosis

SRS (Scoliosis Research Society) and SOSORT (Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment)

SRS (Scoliosis Research Society) and SOSORT (Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment) are two international non-profit organizations which conduct research on how to deal with and treat scoliosis.

The SRS Scoliosis Research Society was founded in 1966 in the USA and was mainly composed by orthopedic surgeons for the spine, whereas nowadays it has more than 1200 members from 41 different countries among whom doctors, researchers, physiotherapists etc. Initially, SRS dealt mainly with scoliosis surgery due to the fact that its members were mainly spine surgeons. However, nowadays interest in the conservative treatment of scoliosis through specific therapeutic exercises is growing more and more.

SOSORT (Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment) was founded after SRS, in 2004, in Barcelona and consists of scientists who deal only with research of the conservative treatment of scoliosis.

Both SRS and SOSORT organize annual scientific conferences which are attended by scientists from all over the world who deal with scoliosis, in order to exchange opinions and present new research regarding the specific subject.

These two communities collaborate closely and have proven with numerous scientific studies the usefulness of the Physiotherapy Scoliosis-Specific Exercises by giving us the guidelines for the selection of the appropriate treatment approach, such as using a brace or selecting surgery etc.

SRS INDICATIONS FOR SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT

Monitoring
  • Children with a Cobb angle <25ο, regardless of the Risser grade
  • Adults with a Cobb angle <50ο, without pain

 

Physiotherapy Scoliosis-Specific Exercises (PSSE)
  • Children with a Cobb angle 25ο-40ο, with Risser grade 4-5
  • Children who wear a brace, with a Cobb angle 25ο-40ο
  • Adults with a Cobb angle <50ο, with pain

Brace
  • Children with a Cobb angle 20ο-40ο, with Risser grade 0-3

 

Surgery
  • Children still growing up, with a Cobb angle >45ο
  • Adults with a Cobb angle >50ο

SOSORT GUIDELINES FOR SCOLIOSIS TREATMENT (2011)

Monitoring
  • Children with a Cobb angle <15ο, with Risser grade 0-3
  • Children with a Cobb angle <20ο, with Risser grade 4-5
  • Adults with a Cobb angle <50ο, without pain
Physiotherapy Scoliosis-Specific Exercises (PSSE)
  • Children with a Cobb angle 15ο-25ο, with Risser grade 0-3
  • Children who wear a brace with any Cobb angle
  • Children with a Cobb angle 20ο-40ο, with Risser grade 4-5
  • Adults with any Cobb angle, with pain

 

Brace
  • Children with a Cobb angle 20ο-45ο, with Risser grade 0-3
  • Adults with deteriorated scoliosis or very intense pain
Surgery
  • Children who still grow up with a Cobb angle >45ο, for whom a correct conservative treatment has failed
  • Adults with a Cobb angle >50ο, for whom a correct conservative treatment has failed

For more information, please visit the websites of the two communities:

https://www.srs.org/

http://www.sosort.mobi/index.php/en/