Seating system for scoliosis in nonambulatory children with cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled trial

Korkmaz M. D., Korkmaz M., ÇAPAN N., ŞANLI G., TATAR Y., Aydin A. R.

REVISTA DA ASSOCIACAO MEDICA BRASILEIRA, vol.68, no.5, pp.616-621, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 68 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1590/1806-9282.20211260
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.616-621
  • Keywords: Cerebral palsy, Sitting, Scoliosis, Spine, Pelvis, Sitting, Scoliosis, Spine, Pelvis, SPINOPELVIC PARAMETERS, PELVIC INCIDENCE, MANAGEMENT, CLASSIFICATION
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the effect of an adaptive seating system on pelvic obliquity and spinal coronal/sagittal balance in children with nonambulatory cerebral palsy and scoliosis. METHODS: This was a single-blind, prospective, randomized interventional study. Nonambulatory children aged 6???15 years with cerebral palsy and scoliosis were included. The seating system was used for 4 h/day, and exercises were performed 3 days/week for 12 weeks. The Cobb angle, spinopelvic parameters, pelvic obliquity, Reimer???s migration index, and Sitting Assessment Scale were measured before and after treatments. RESULTS: A total of 29 participants were randomized into two groups, namely, the seating system+exercise group (SSE-group; n=15) and the exercise group (E-group; n=14). There was no significant change in Cobb angle and Reimer???s migration index for both hips in SSE-group, but there was a significant increase in E-group (p=0.002, 0.049, and 0.003, respectively). The sagittal vertical axis, pelvic incidence, and pelvic obliquity decreased in SSE-group. However, there was no difference in the other sagittal parameters and Sitting Assessment Scale-total scores among groups. CONCLUSION: The adaptive seating system was found to be superior in reducing the progression of Cobb angle and hip subluxation/dislocation, decreasing pelvic obliquity, and improving the sagittal balance of the spine/pelvis compared with exercise therapy.