Title

Conservative Treatment of Neuromuscular Scoliosis in Adult Tetraplegia: A Case Report

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2014

Publication Title

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Department

Physical Therapy

Abstract

We report successful correction of new onset neuromuscular scoliosis without spinal surgery in a man who is 30-years post-American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale grade A C6 injury with new onset of left neuromuscular scoliosis (Cobb angle 45°) after a motor vehicle collision. Interventions included nightly low-load prolonged stretching (LLPS) (4h left side lying over bolster), a series of 6 botulinum toxin injections (BTIs) at 3-month intervals, and progressive seating adjustments to counteract the spinal curvature. Monthly seating adjustments included rear quadrant wedging, lateral supports, and hip blocking to promote erect and symmetrical posture. A normative Cobb angle (5°) was achieved after 8 months of treatment. Improvements in alignment were demonstrated in physical examination outcome measures at the final session and follow-up. LLPS, seating adjustments, and paraspinal BTI are nonsurgical options for treating neuromuscular scoliosis in adults with tetraplegia. Further studies are necessary to determine optimum protocols and examine generalizability of these treatment methods.

Volume

95

Issue

12

pp.

2491-2495

ISSN

0003-9993