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December 1937

SCIATIC SCOLIOSISA CLINICAL ANALYSIS OF EIGHTY CASES

Author Affiliations

LOS ANGELES
From the Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York.

Arch Surg. 1937;35(6):1045-1051. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1937.01190180017002
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present the clinical manifestations and results following a uniform type of treatment in the not infrequent complication of pain low in the back, termed "sciatic scoliosis." The theoretical considerations have been thoroughly discussed in another clinical study by Kleinberg.1

Briefly, in cases of sciatic scoliosis one has to deal with a lateral curvature of the spine, which most frequently is the result of a derangement (arthritis, sprain, etc.) of the sacro-iliac or sacrolumbar joints, with gluteal myositis or with sciatic neuralgia (sciatic perineuritis). These conditions give rise to pain, which is transmitted along the course of the sciatic nerve. In an attempt to recede from the painful side or area, the patient will unknowingly tilt his trunk laterally and most frequently away from the affected side, producing a functional type of scoliosis. As will be observed later, this is not a true

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