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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 538409, 5 pages
Research Article

Evaluation of the Stress Level of Children with Idiopathic Scoliosis in relation to the Method of Treatment and Parameters of the Deformity

1Department of Physiotherapy, Józef Rusiecki University College in Olsztyn, 10-243 Olsztyn, Poland
2Center for Body Posture of the Health and Sports Center Foundation, 10-243 Olsztyn, Poland
3Rehasport Clinic, 60-201 Poznań, Poland
4Department of Pediatric Orthopedics and Traumatology, Poznań University of Medical Sciences, 60-512 Poznań, Poland

Received 29 April 2012; Accepted 6 June 2012

Academic Editors: Y. F. Heerkens, K. Ogawa, and S. Read

Copyright © 2012 Justyna Leszczewska et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Stress level due to existing body deformity as well as to the treatment with a corrective brace is one of factors influencing the quality of life of children with idiopathic scoliosis undergoing non-surgical management. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the stress level among children suffering from idiopathic scoliosis in relation to the method of treatment and the parameters of the deformity. Seventy-three patients with idiopathic scoliosis participated in the study. Fifty-two children were treated by means of physiotherapy, while 21 patients were treated with both Cheneau corrective brace and physiotherapy. To assess the stress level related to the deformity itself and to the method of treatment with corrective brace, the two Bad Sobernheim Stress Questionnaires (BSSQs) were applied, the BSSQ Deformity and the BSSQ Brace, respectively.