SPONDYLOS Scoliosis & Kyphosis center
74 Messogion Ave - Athens - Greece
Most of the time the orthopaedic surgeon comes to a dilemma on how to plan the treatment of an idiopathic scoliosis, which is small (10 ° – 15 ° Cobb angle), in a child aged 9 to 13 years. Usually the child is monitored and we expect the possible deterioration.
In other cases the child begins treatment with a brace and / or exercises.
In all cases there is no certainty about the decision, but it is based on the experience of the orthopaedic surgeon. In the first case valuable time is lost for the treatment, in the second it may not have needed such intense treatment.
ScoliScore is the latest weapon in orthopedic quiver to design treatment for Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis
Saliva is collected from the child and sent to the ScoliScore laboratory in the USA. where DNA analysis is performed. After 3 weeks, the result is sent to the orthopaedic surgeon with a calibration of 1-200. The lower the grade, the less risk there is for the scoliosis to get worse. Negative results have a validity of 99%.
The results of ScoliScore with the other clinical factors of scoliosis (Cobb angle, onset of menstruation, bone age, height increase, etc.) will be used by the orthopedist to design a personalized and effective Treatment.
Unfortunately, its mediocre results in predicting deterioration and its high price ($ 2,800) make it almost prohibitive for widespread use.