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09-17-2010, 09:20 AM
'This work confirms the neurological origin of this disease, which hitherto regarded only musculoskeletal'

Ballet Mom
09-17-2010, 01:13 PM
Very interesting! Here's the translated Google version for those of us unable to speak Spanish... :)

The research group of Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Valencia Carlos Barrios has received a second consecutive award for best scientific work at the European Congress of Spine Surgery 2010, with a study on idiopathic scoliosis, as reported by the academic institution in a statement.

Using functional magnetic resonance techniques, this research group display for the first time, the dysfunction of the sensory-motor integration at the cerebral cortex showing girls with idiopathic scoliosis, a deformity of the spine that occurs between 11 and 16.

This work confirms the origin of this neurological disease, which hitherto regarded only skeletal muscle.

This is the first time the prize is awarded for the second year running at the same research group. The award will be presented on September 16 in Vienna Shömbrun Palace during the Congress EuroSpine 2010.

The findings of this study show an increase objectively asymmetrical motor activity in some areas of the cerebral cortex and supplementary motor area. The same abnormality of brain function is similar to what has been reported with this technique of functional MRI in patients with focal dystonia, manifested clinically by involuntary muscle contractions in the form of tics.

These findings, as explained by Dr. Barrios, help understand the etiology of this disease, which until now was unknown in 90 percent of cases. Another important aspect of these findings is that the visualization of brain anomaly "could become a potential new biomarker of disease progression in terms of increase of the curve or unfavorable response to conservative current corset."

This has been the subject of the study made by the research group of the University of Valencia led by Professor Barrios, and for which they have received - for the second consecutive year - the European Award for Spinal Surgery granting EuroSpine , The Spine Society of Europe.

Of these, five papers were selected for this prestigious award. He was eventually chosen the work of the research group of Professor Barrios. Furthermore Europsine Prize 2009 awarded the past, Professor Barrios is the second European research has been recognized by the Scoliosis Research Society of the United States in 2003 as author of the best research paper of that year.

The reading of the winning paper will be presented by Dr. Julio Doménech, orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital Arnau de Vilanova, lead author of this work, as findings are part of his doctoral thesis, directed by Professor Barrios.

For years, this research group - which also includes part doctors Tormos (Guttman Institute, Barcelona) and Pascual-Leone (Harvard University and former professor at the University of Valencia) - has been conducting studies that indicated that the cause of scoliosis could be in the cerebral cortex.

09-18-2010, 11:55 AM
It seems that ABR, Vojta and (probably) Bobath are the only ones therapies attacking the original cause.

09-18-2010, 04:22 PM
The findings of this study show an increase objectively asymmetrical motor activity in some areas of the cerebral cortex and supplementary motor area.

That gives us a good indication why Torso Rotation strength training (http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=8976) works. The whole point of that therapy is to build strength and eliminate asymmetry in the paraspinal muscles. It worked for every child with a small or medium sized curve in all 3 studies.

09-22-2010, 06:20 PM
It is also possible to change MEP's through training. The authors suggest that the differences seen in the thumb muscle they used can be applied to other muscles as well. If this is true and the paraspinal muscles are affected, it's conceivable that training could improve this. Just saying... :)

They are next going to apply it to see if it is a predictor for progression. Pretty interesting although I just don't trust the trans-cranial magnetic stimulation thing. I believe the data. I just wouldn't want it done to me. I'm assured it is safe. But it just doesn't seem right.