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ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.8 No.4 pp.1270-1274

Effect of Thoracic Manipulation on Spinal Alignment, Pain and Trunk Range of Motion in a Patient With Mild Thoracic Scoliosis: A Case Study

Si Eun Parkaa,Ji Sung Kimb,Wan Suk Choic
aPohang College, Pohang
bSuwon Women’s University, Suwon
cInternational University of Korea, Jinju, Korea
Address for correspondence Wan Suk Choi, PT, Ph.D Department of Physical Therapy, International University of Korea, Dongbu-ro 965, Munsan-eup, Jinju, Korea Tel: 82-10-9041-2769


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of the thoracic spine manipulation on spinal alignment (Cobb angle), pain, and trunk range of motion (ROM) in a patient with mild thoracic scoliosis. The Cobb angle was 11.0° and there was a right deviation of the thoracic spine. The subject had thoracic and lumbar pain, and had felt stiffness during turning of the trunk for about 3 years. Thoracic manipulation was applied at the upper thoracic spine as a therapeutic intervention three times per week for 5 weeks. After intervention, the Cobb angle decreased from 11.0° to 5.5° and the pain score decreased from 4.0 to 1.5, and the trunk left rotation ROM increased from 30.0° to 41.5°, and trunk right rotation ROM increased from 26.0° to 39.0°. These results suggest that the thrust thoracic manipulation technique had a positive effect on the spinal alignment, pain and trunk rotation ROM in patients with mild scoliosis.