The treatment of lateral curvature of the spine presents the most difficult problem in the orthopedic surgery of to-day. This is, in part, because of the intrinsic difficulty of the problem and, in part, because the treatment of this condition has been, in a measure, relegated to the domain of gymnastics and, to a certain extent, set apart from other surgical deformities and considered as an affection outside of the ordinary surgical principles.
The treatment has consisted, in a large measure, of inadequate and irrational gymnastics sanctioned by tradition and often carried out by persons with a very imperfect knowledge of the subject.
The following statistics1 collected among school children show lateral curvature of the spine in a surprisingly large percentage of all cases:
There is no reason to suppose that American children are any less affected than the children in Germany, Russia and Switzerland.
Any pathologic condition which
LOVETT RW. THE TREATMENT OF LATERAL CURVATURE OF THE SPINE.. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(25):1915–1922. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510520019002e