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ACTIvATES was a feasibility study that aimed to ascertain the acceptability of an exercise programme for Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis to patients, parents and physiotherapists, and to discover what training is required to deliver the treatments in NHS hospitals. The study was led by Professor Sallie Lamb at the University of Warwick and was funded by the NIHR HTA programme.

We also aimed to find out whether it would be possible to recruit the numbers of patients needed for a larger study and test out how to measure spinal curvature and questionnaires to measure the impact of the exercise programme.

Recruitment closed with 58 participants randomised to either the 'assessment and advice only' or the 'assessment, advice and exercise' arm. This exceeded the initial target of 50.

We are assessing the feasibility of conducting a larger trial to ascertain the effects of exercise in Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis. Read more about the trial.


young person receiving physiotherapy to their back

NIHR Funded by Feb2019