Founded in 2003, the Italian Scientific Spine Institute (ISICO) promotes and develops an innovative approach to the rehabilitation treatment of non-surgical diseases of the spine in individuals of all ages, from children to the elderly.
Isico stands out for its considerable and cutting-edge clinical expertise, especially in the rehabilitation treatment of scoliosis.
Isico is an international reference point on account of its scientific research activity and the training programs it runs both in Italy and abroad.
We use protocols and instruments of scientifically proven efficacy. Indeed, at Isico, medical practice is conducted according to the Evidence-Based Clinical Practice (EBP) approach, which has been defined as “the integration of the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values”.
Simple, personalised treatment programmes
The importance of the individual is a defining principle of everything we do: indeed, without in any way neglecting the patient’s medical needs, we always endeavor to address the psychological impact of the disease.
Following common and shared protocols, our medical specialists and physiotherapists work together as a rehabilitation team.
By working out personalized targets and treatments, we seek to enhance the effectiveness of the programs we prescribe.
The physiotherapist teaches the patient how to do the specific exercises that he/she will need to carry on doing at home.
This helps to make following the treatment easier and less costly.
At the forefront of research and leaders in education
Isico collaborates with research institutes and universities and participates in research projects funded by the European Union (Horizon 2020).
We are active members of SOSORT (the International Scientific Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment).
Isico publishes research in international scientific journals and is among the world’s leading groups in terms of the number of publications dealing with the non-surgical treatment of scoliosis.
We contribute to training initiatives in this field.
Specifically, we organize the international “Spine&Rehabilitation” congress; an annual Italian Master’s program on the treatment of vertebral pathologies (www.masterisico.it); our annual online World Master Course on “Principles and Practice of Scoliosis Conservative Treatment” (www.scoliosismaster.org); and numerous international courses on the SEAS protocol.
A timeline of achievements
||We open our first Isico clinic in Milan.
||The first Sforzesco brace is prescribed (in place of a plaster cast).
||The first “Congresso R&R” (national meeting) is held in Milan.
||www.scoliosi.org, the Isico blog aimed at patients with scoliosis, goes online.
||Scoliosis Manager, our in-house software for the treatment of spinal disorders, is launched.
||Isico introduces the SpineCor® dynamic brace as a treatment option. We are still the only ones in Italy offering this type of treatment
||Isico launches its first Italian Master’s course devoted to the field of rehabilitation.
||Scoliosis and brace treatment: Thermobrace enters clinical practice.
||The first “Concorsetto” (a nationwide competition for brace wearers) is held.
||10 years after the founding of Isico, we open the Rome clinic, taking the total number of clinics in Italy to 20.
||Our training course for foreigners on the SEAS protocol reaches the USA and then Asia.
||Isico strengthens its online presence by opening a Facebook page and launching IsicoTv (a YouTube channel).
||Scolio-See, our first three-year European scientific research project within the FP7 program, comes to an end.
||Isico launches the World Master Course, its first international online Master’s course.
||The national meeting (“Congresso R&R”) doubles in size and is made available in streaming.
||We open the first clinic abroad, in Chișinău (Moldavia).