Current Research Studies

Orthopedics - Compliance in a Yoga-Based Postoperative Rehabilitation Protocol for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Pilot Study

Condition or Therapy:

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis


Seattle Children's Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

What is the goal of this study?

The primary purpose of this study is to determine compliance to a yoga based postoperative rehabilitation protocol for patients undergoing spinal instrumentation and fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

Who can join the study?

  • Between ages 11 and 18 (inclusive) at time of study
  • Diagnosis of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis confirmed by a spinal deformity team
  • Plan to undergo posterior spinal instrumentation and fusion for scoliosis 
  • No significant learning or cognitive impairment that would limit patient from understanding post-operative yoga protocol
  • Ability to access yoga videos daily via internet

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

  • The patient will be consented at the pre-op appointment for their surgery
  • The patient will be given a schedule to complete yoga poses by watching videos. The videos will increase in length and intensity as the patient recovers from surgery. The schedule will start at day 1 post-op.
  • The patient will respond to compliance questionnaires via email weekly for the first twelve weeks post-op, and every other week for weeks 12-24 post-op
  • The patient will answer short questionnaires during their clinical pre- and post-operative appointments. This will take no more than 5 minutes.
  • The research team will collect information from patient’s medical record

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact 

Study Location(s):

Seattle Children's Main Campus

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Klane White