The patient was a 14-year-old, high-level, competitive gymnast. The patient’s mother had noticed a curvature in her daughter’s spine and taken her to see a manual therapist. The therapist had made a diagnosis of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) and treated the patient for three months. Unfortunately, the patient had not responded to treatment and was referred to the ScoliCare Clinic for an assessment.
The examination revealed some significant postural changes. Specifically, notable curvature in the middle and lower sections of the patient’s spine, uneven heights of the pelvic bones, and torsion of the rib cage (Figure 1).
X-rays taken at the time showed a large 71° curve in the thoracic spine and a secondary curve, measuring 40°, in the lumbar spine (Figure 1). The patient was only Risser 2, indicating that she still had a significant amount of growing to do.