Entries by Utenza Editor

The criteria for evaluation of aesthetics in scoliosis

Our study “Construct validity of the Trunk Aesthetic Clinical Evaluation (TRACE) in young people with idiopathic scoliosis” has recently been published by the journal Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. The aim of this study? Scientifically validate the criteria of evaluation of aesthetics in scoliosis. Indeed, we recall that aesthetics is recognized as a main […]

World Master 2020: let’s go!

On January 16 the World Master Online officially opened, now in its fifth edition. Participants come from all over the world with the entry of countries like Colombia, Armenia, Norway, Egypt and Mongolia for the first time. It is the only online International Master that offers the possibility of training on the Rehabilitation Treatment of […]

Scoliosis and pregnancy: it’s possible!

The Isico blog www.scoliosi.org is a dedicated space where patients can ask questions and swap experiences, but it is also a place where those involved in treating scoliosis can take a more in-depth look at a series of topics and also engage with patients. Here is one of our published posts “I have scoliosis, can I have children?” […]

Surgical Versus Nonsurgical Treatment for High-Grade Spondylolisthesis in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Xue X, Wei X, Li L, Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Mar;95(11):e3070. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000003070 The optimal management of high-grade spondylolisthesis in children and adolescent is controversial. There is a paucity of literature regarding operatively or nonoperative management in this setting. To assessment of the current state of evidence regarding high-grade spondylolisthesis treatment with the goal of obtaining […]

A Christmas Carol from Isico

Our very best wishes for Christmas and 2020: a whole new year for each of us to “shape” as we like!  Our greetings come to you with a story. More than just a trip down memory lane (to the bike rides and dripping lollipops of our youth), “Liquorice Wheels” is a story of hope: a […]

Advantages and Disadvantages of Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery and its Impact on Health-related Quality of Life.

Every year, the Scoliosis Study Group selects the best published papers on conservative spine treatment from the global scientific literature.Here is the abstract from one of these papers. Advantages and Disadvantages of Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery and its Impact on Health-related Quality of Life. Oshida G, Boissiere L, Larrieu D, Bourghli A, Vital JM, Gille O, Pointillart V, […]


Marta Pagnini is a former Italian gymnast, captain of the Italian National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team, a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and a member of the Air Force Military Corps and … she has scoliosis! Discovered when she was thirteen years old initially treated with only exercises, she had to […]

Can scoliosis be treated with exercises?

The answer is yes, and they are indeed fundamental, but sometimes exercises alone are not enough. Whether or not an exercise-based treatment is sufficient depends, above all, on the severity of the curves and the evolutionary potential of the scoliosis itself, which is partly determined by growth. Therefore, exercises sometimes need to be combined with […]

What happens when scoliosis is left untreated?

Our paper entitled “The natural history of idiopathic scoliosis during growth: a meta-analysis” was published some months ago in the American Journal of Physical Rehabilitation. The research focuses on 13 studies in the scientific literature that examine the natural history of idiopathic scoliosis, that is to say, the way scoliosis evolves in the absence of any […]

When the brace turns you strong

Cecilia is 18, and she has been wearing a brace for the past six years. Since she has learned a lot about herself over that time, she has decided to share, in words and pictures, her experience of growing up in a brace. And so here she is, captured with the “friend she loves to hate” in a […]