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Improved Chest Expansion in Idiopathic Scoliosis After Intensive, Multiple-Modality, Nonsurgical Treatment in an Adult*

Martha C. Hawes, PhD; William J. Brooks, DO
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*From the Department of Plant Pathology (Dr. Hawes), University of Arizona, Tucson AZ; and the Restorative Care Foundation (Dr. Brooks), Kansas City, MO.

Correspondence to: William J. Brooks, DO, 9204 NW 80th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64152; e-mail: wjbdo@wjbrooksdo.com



Chest. 2001;120(2):672-674. doi:10.1378/chest.120.2.672
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This case report documents a substantial increase in chest wall expansion in a middle-aged woman with stable right thoracic spinal curvature due to idiopathic scoliosis. Treatment involved intensive psychological and mobilization therapies, including comprehensive manipulative medicine treatments and daily manual traction. Over an 8-year period, a 6-cm increase in resting chest circumference (in the absence of weight gain) and a 7.5-cm increase in chest expansion were correlated with a substantial reduction of incidence of respiratory infections.

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