Current Research Studies

Orthopedics - Bracing vs. Casting in the Treatment of Idiopathic Early-Onset Scoliosis

What is the goal of this study?

The purpose of this project is to establish the relative short-term effectiveness of casting and bracing in the treatment of Idiopathic Early-Onset Scoliosis (IEOS). While our primary analysis will be based on changes in curve magnitude, possibly as important as the radiographic outcome is the patient and family reactions to scoliosis and its treatment by casting or bracing. This study, and the longer-term follow-ups of patients enrolled in this trial, will provide surgeons and parents with needed information to make informed decisions.

Who can join the study?

  • Patients less than 3 years old with a diagnosis of idiopathic early-onset scoliosis
  • Must be standing independently

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

  • Participants assigned either to casting or bracing by surgeon
  • Health information collected from all clinic visits and procedures
  • Deidentified data entered into the Children’s Spine Foundation database
  • Questionnaires completed by family at all visits to clinic
  • X-Rays taken every 6 months during study participation

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact orthoresearchteam@seattlechildrens.org.


Study Location(s):

Seattle Children's Main Campus

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Klane White