Three solutions to a single problem: Alternative casting frames for treating infantile idiopathic scoliosis

Matthew A. Halanski, Benjamin L. Harper, Jeffry A. Cassidy, Haemish A. Crawford

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STUDY DESIGN:: This is a technique article discussing 3 alternative frames for casting children with infantile scoliosis. OBJECTIVE:: To provide surgeons with alternatives to expensive specialized casting tables to allow local treatment of these children utilizing readily available materials present at most institutions. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND:: Casting for infantile scoliosis has become more popular as reports have shown promising results with this technique without the morbidity and complications associated with more invasive procedures. However, without a specialized casting table, treating these patients has been limited to a few centers throughout the country often causing patients to travel large distances to receive care. METHODS:: Three different alternatives to commercially available casting frames are presented. Requirements, setup, and techniques are discussed. RESULTS:: Each surgeon has had success with each of these frames. These provide adequate support and traction while allowing enough access to the trunk to apply a well-molded cast. CONCLUSIONS:: Cotrel/Metha casting for infantile scoliosis can be accomplished without a specialized table using commonly available equipment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-280
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Casting
  • Cotrel
  • Fusionless
  • Growing
  • Infantile
  • Mehta
  • Risser
  • Scoliosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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